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O CHRIST, THY GUILTY PEOPLE SPARE
- All Saints -

Placare, Christe, servulis
Ascribed to Rabanus Maurus, d.856, Tr. Edward Caswall, d.1878 / Adapted from H.Whitehead

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O CHRIST, THY GUILTY PEOPLE SPARE


1 O Christ, Thy guilty people spare:
For, kneeling at Thy gracious throne,
The Virgin Mother pours her prayer,
Imploring pardon for her own.
2 Ye angels happy evermore,
Who in your circles nine ascend,
As ye have guarded us before,
So still from harm our steps defend.
3 Ye prophets and apostles high,
Behold our penitential tears,
And plead for us when death is nigh
And our all-seraching Judge appears.
4 Ye martyrs all, a purple band,
Confessors too, a white-robed train,
Oh, call us to our native land,
From this our exile back again.
5 And all ye choirs of virgins chaste,
Receive us to the realm above,
Where hermits old from desert waste
Unite to praise the God of love.


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