A Poor Brother's Hymnal
Friday, March 03, 2006
  Jesus, Redeemer of the World
Jesus, Redeemer of the world,
Word of the Father throned on high,
Light from the Light invisible,
And watchful guardian over all.

The whole creatio's Architect,
You set the bounds of night and day;
Give to our wearied bodies rest
In night's enfolding quietness.

You broke the chains of death and hell:
Lord, free us from our ancient foe
And let him never lead astray
Those you have ransomed by your blood.

Lord, while we live for this short time
As mortals clothed in earthbound frame,
Refresh us now with restful sleep
That waking we may watch with you.

All glory be to you, Lord Christ,
Who, conquering death, reign gloriously
With God, Creator of all things
And with the Spirit, Comforter.

- Latin, 10th c.
 
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