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1. Sleep, holy babe,
upon thy mother’s breast;
great Lord of earth and sea and sky,
how sweet it is to see thee lie
in such a place of rest.

2. Sleep, holy babe;
thine angels watch around,
all bending low, with folded wings,
before th’incarnate King of kings,
in reverent awe profound.

3. Sleep, holy babe,
while I with Mary gaze
in joy upon that face awhile,
upon the loving infant smile,
which there divinely plays.

4. Sleep, holy babe,
ah, take thy brief repose,
too quickly will thy slumbers break,
and thou to lengthen’d pains awake,
that death alone shall close.

5. O lady blest,
sweet Virgin, hear my cry;
forgive the wrong that I have done
to thee, in causing thy dear Son
upon the cross to die.


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1. Mary immaculate, star of the morning,
chosen before the creation began,
chosen to bring, for thy bridal adorning,
rescue to woman and rescue to man.

2. Here, in an orbit of shadow and sadness
veiling thy splendour, thy course thou hast run;
now thou art throned in all glory and gladness,
crowned by the hand of thy saviour and Son.

3. Sinners, we honour thy sinless perfection,
fallen and weak, for thy pity we plead;
grant us the shield of thy sovereign protection,
measure thine aid by the depth of our need.

4. Frail is our nature, and strict our probation,
watchful the foe that would lure us to wrong,
succour our souls in the hour of temptation,
Mary immaculate tender and strong.

5. Bend from thy throne at the voice of our crying;
bend to this earth which thy footsteps have trod;
stretch out thine arms to us living and dying,
Mary immaculate, mother of God.


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1. O praise ye the Lord! Praise him in the height;
rejoice in his word, ye angels of light;
ye heavens, adore him, by whom ye were made,
and worship before him, in brightness arrayed.

2. O praise ye the Lord! praise him upon earth,
in tuneful accord, ye sons of new birth.
Praise him who hath brought you his grace from above,
praise him who hath taught you to sing of his love.

3. O praise ye the Lord, all things that give sound;
each jubilant chord re-echo around;
loud organs, his glory forth tell in deep tone,
and, sweet harp, the story of what he hath done.

4. O praise ye the Lord! Thanksgiving and song
to him be outpoured all ages along;
for love in creation, for heaven restored,
for grace of salvation, O praise ye the Lord. Amen.


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