Now at the Lamb's royal feast
Ad regias Agni dapes
Tr. Rev. E. Caswall
Nicola. A. Montani
Now at the Lamb's royal feast,
In robes of saintly white, we sing,
Thro' the Red Sea in safety brought
By Jesus our immortal King.
O depth of love! For us He drains
The chalice of His agony;
For us a Victim on the Cross
He meekly lays Him down to die.
And as th'avenging Angel pass'd
Of old the blood be-sprinkled door;
As the cleft sea a passage gave,
Then closed to whelm th'Egyptians o're;
So Christ, our Paschal Sacrifice,
Has brought us safe all perils thro',
While for unleavened bread He asks,
But heart sincere and purpose true.
Hail, purest Victim Heav'n could find
The pow'rs of Hell to overthrow!
Who didst the bonds of Death unbind
Who dost the prize of Life bestow.
Hail, victor Christ! Hail, risen King!
To Thee alone belongs the crown;
Who has at the heav'nly gates unbarred,
And cast the Prince of darkness down.
O Jesus! From the death of sin
Keep us, we pray; so shalt Thou be
The everlasting Paschal joy
Of all the souls newborn in Thee;
To God the Father, with the Son
Who from the grave immortal rose,
And Thee, O Paraclete be praise,
While age on endless ages flows.
Copyright 1920 by N. A. M.