Sunday, April 08, 2007

Resurrexit Sicut Dixit

Aurora Lucis Rutilat

Dawn of the Day bursts on the sky,
Heaven's ordnance peals in victory
Exultant earth takes up the cry,
While Hell groans grimly in reply.

For see, our King, strong in his might,
Tramples on death in Death's despite
And, grinding hell-mouth with his heel,
Leads out the captive saints to light

Guarded by sentries and a stone,
Our King lay; honours had He none;
But, vanquishing the grave, commands
A sovereign's escort to His throne.

Rachel in tears, be comforted!
Captivity is captive led;
An angel bright as noon declares:
The Lord is risen from the dead.

Creator of the world, we pray
Thee, at this time of Paschal joy
Protect Thy people from dismay
Or onslaught of mortality.

O Lord, O Virgin-born, to Thee
Glory and praise eternal be,
Whom with the Father evermore
And Holy Spirit we adore.
[Easter Hymn for Lauds,
En Calcat Office of Our Lady]