This hymn is the hymn for Lauds on Thursdays throughout the year in the Extraordinary Form. In the Ordinary Form, this hymn is used for the hymn for Lauds on Thursdays of Weeks I & III of Ordinary Time.
Now with the rising golden dawn,
Let us, the children of the day,
Cast off the darkness which so long
Has led our guilty souls astray.
Oh, may the morn so pure, so clear,
Its own sweet calm in us instil;
A guileless mind, a heart sincere,
Simplicity of word and will:
And ever, as the day glides by,
May we the busy senses rein;
Keep guard upon the hand and eye,
Nor let the body suffer stain.
For all day long, on Heaven’s high tower,
There stands a Sentinel, who spies
Our every action, hour by hour,
From early dawn till daylight dies.
To God the Father glory be,
And to his sole-begotten Son;
The same, O Holy Ghost! to Thee,
While everlasting ages run.
Words: Aurelius Clements Prudentius (348-413); tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, C.O., 1849.
Tune: “Lux Ecce Surgit Aurea” Gregorian Chant, Mode I, traditional.
The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.