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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
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    Vexlla Regis
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    Abroad the regal banners fly,
     now shines the Cross's mystery:
     upon it Life did death endure,
     and yet by death did life procure.

    Who, wounded with a direful spear,
     did purposely to wash us clear
     from stain of sin, pour out a flood
     of precious water mixed with blood.

    That which the prophet-king of old
     hath in mysterious verse foretold,
     is now accomplished, whilst we see
     God ruling the nations from a Tree.

    O lovely and refulgent Tree,
     adorned with purpled majesty;
     culled from a worthy stock, to bear
     those limbs which sanctified were.

    Blest Tree, whose happy branches bore
     the wealth that did the world restore;
     the beam that did that Body weigh
     which raised up Hell's expected prey.

    Hail Cross, of hopes the most sublime!
     in the glory of Thy triumph,
     grant to the just increase of grace,
     and every sinner's crimes efface.

    Blest Trinity, salvation's spring
     may every soul Thy praises sing;
     to those Thou grantest conquest by
     The holy Cross, rewards supply. Amen


     

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