Our Limbs With Tranquil Sleep Refresh’d

This hymn is used for Matins on Mondays throughout the year in the Extraordinary Form. It is used for Office of Readings on  Mondays of Weeks I & III during Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form.

Our limbs with tranquil sleep refresh’d,
Lightly from bed we spring;
Father supreme! to us be nigh,
While to thy praise we sing.

Thy love be first in every heart,
Thy name on every tongue;
Whatever we this day may do,
May it in Thee be done.

Soon will the morning star arise,
And chase the dusk away;
Whatever guilt has come with night,
May it depart with day.

Cut off in us, Almighty Lord,
All that may lead to shame;
So with pure hearts may we in bliss
Thine endless praise proclaim.

Father of mercies! hear our cry;
Hear us, coequal Son!
Who reignest with the Holy Ghost
While ceaseless ages run.

Words: attr. St. Ambrose*, 4th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, 1849.
Tune: TBD…


* The Liber Hymnarius indicated an anonymous authorship dating to the 6th or 7th century.

The original Latin text may be found here:


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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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