When the just and gentle Monarch

Shall summon from the tomb,
Let man, the guilty, tremble.

For Man, the God, shall doom.
Arise, arise, good Christian,

Let right to wrong succeed ;
Let penitential sorrow

To heavenly gladness lead ;
To the light that hath no evening,

That knows nor moon nor sun.
The light so new and golden.

The light that is but one.
And when the Sole-Begotten

Shall render up once more
The kingdom to the Father

Whose own it was before, —

From “De Contemptu Mundi” by Bernard of Cluny, 12th century

Translated by John Mason, 1818-1866


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