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QUINQUAGESIMA.

LORD of mercy and of might,
Of mankind the life and light,
Maker, teacher infinite,

Jesus, hear and save!

Who, when sin's primæval doom
Gave Creation to the tomb,
Didst not scorn a Virgin's womb,

Jesus, hear and save !

Strong Creator, Saviour mild,
Humbled to a mortal child,
Captive, beaten, bound, reviled,

Jesus, hear and save!

Throned above celestial things, Borne aloft on angels' wings, Lord of lords, and King of kings,

Jesus, hear and save!

Soon to come to earth again, Judge of angels and of men, Hear us now, and hear us then,

Jesus, hear and save!

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT.

VIRGIN-born! we bow before thee!
Blessed was the womb that bore thee!
Mary, mother meek and mild,
Blessed was she in her child !

Blessed was the breast that fed thee!
Blessed was the hand that led thee!
Blessed was the parent's eye
That watch'd thy slumbering infancy!

Blessed she by all creation,
Who brought forth the world's salvation !
And blessed they, for ever blest,
Who love thee most and serve thee best !

Virgin-born ! we bow before thee!
Blessed was the womb that bore thee!
Mary, mother meek and mild,
Blessed was she in her child !

FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT.

Oh, King of earth and air and sea !
The hungry ravens cry to thee ;
To thee the scaly tribes that sweep
The bosom of the boundless deep;

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To thee the lions roaring call,
The common Father, kind to all!
Then grant thy servants, Lord! we pray,
Our daily bread from day to day!

The fishes may for food complain ;
The ravens spread their wings in vain ;
The roaring lions lack and pine ;
But, God! thou carest still for thine !

Thy bounteous hand with food can bless
The bleak and lonely wilderness ;
And thou hast taught us, Lord! to pray
For daily bread from day to day !

And oh, when through the wilds we roam
That part us from our heavenly home;
When, lost in danger, want, and wo,
Our faithless tears begin to flow;

Do thou thy gracious comfort give,
By which alone the soul may live;
And grant thy servants, Lord! we pray,
The bread of life from day to day !

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