Christ, the Fair Glory

Christ, the fair glory of the holy Angels,
Thou who hast made us, thou who o’er us rulest,
Grant of thy mercy unto us thy servants
Steps up to heaven.

Send thy Archangel, Michael, to our succour;
Peacemaker blessed, may he banish from us
Striving and hatred, so that for the peaceful
All things may prosper.

Send thy Archangel, Gabriel, the mighty;
Herald of heaven, may he from us mortals
Spurn the old serpent, watching o’er the temples
Where thou art worshipped.

Send thy Archangel, Raphael, the restorer
Of the misguided ways of men who wander,
Who at thy bidding strengthen soul and body
With thine anointing.

May the blest Mother of our God and Saviour,
May the assembly of the saints in glory,
May the celestial companies of Angels
Ever assist us.

Father Almighty, Son and Holy Spirit,
God ever blessed, be thou our preserver;
Thine is the glory which the Angels worship,
Veiling their faces.

~ from the Latin of Rabanus Maurus (776-856), trans. Athelstan Riley (1858-1945)
Tune: Coelites Plaudant

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About middlingpoet

From the Gawain poet to Rainer Maria Rilke: I love the English and German traditions of poetry.
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