Father, We Praise Thee
Words: Gregory I (540-604) (Nocte surgenes vigilemus omnes); translated from Latin to English by Percy Dearmer in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 165.
Music: “Christe Sanctorum,” French church melody (Paris: 1681) (MIDI, score).
Father, we praise Thee, now the night is over;
Active and watchful, stand we all before Thee;
Singing, we offer, prayer and meditation;
Thus we adore Thee.
Monarch of all things, fit us for Thy mansions;
Banish our weakness, health and wholeness sending;
Bring us to Heaven, where Thy saints united
Joy without ending.
All holy Father, Son and equal Spirit,
Trinity blessèd, send us Thy salvation;
Thine is the glory, gleaming and resounding
Through all creation.