This hymn is used for Lauds on Wednesdays throughout the year in the Extraordinary Form. It is used for Lauds on Wednesdays of Weeks I & III of Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form.
Ye mist and darkness, cloud and storm,
Confus’d creations of the night;—
Light enters — morning streaks the sky—
Christ comes, —’tis time ye take your flight.
Pierc’d by the sun’s etherial dart,
Night’s gloomy mass is cleft in twain;
And, in the smiling face of day,
Nature resumes her tints again.
O Christ, we know no sun but Thee!
Shine in our souls divinely bright!
We seek Thee in simplicity;
Through all our senses shed thy light.
A thousand objects all around
In false delusive colours shine;
To purge them clear, we ask, O Lord,
But one immortal beam of thine.
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 Clemens Prudentius (384-413); tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, 1849.
Tune: “Nox et Tenebræ et Nubila” Gregorian Chant, Mode I, traditional.
The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.