The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Sion, Ope Thy Hallowed Dome

On the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Or,
The Purification of the Virgin Mary, February 2.
At The First Vespers.

Words: Templi sacratas pande, Sion, fores by Jean de Santeuil (1630-1697), Paris Breviary, 1680
Translation Attributed to Isaac Williams

Music: Not Stated

Source: Isaac Williams, Hymns Translated From The Parisian Breviary (London: J. G. F. & J. Rivington, 1839), pp. 182-183.

Behold, I will send My messenger, and He shall prepare the way before Me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant, whom ye delight in.—Behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts. -- Mal. iii.

1. Sion, ope thy hallowed dome:
To His temple Christ is come;—
Lifeless shadows, haste away,
Grace and Truth beam out to-day.

2. Flocks and herds shall bleed no more,—
Stanch'd the flood of reeking gore;
Lo! He comes from Heaven above,
Victim to His Father's love.

3. Virgin pure, thy downcast eye
Owns His hidden Godhead nigh;
Heavenly musings, all unheard,
Meetly hail the silent Word;—

4. Whilst to Heaven Thy pious love
Duly vows the sacred dove,
And upon Thy bosom lies
More than dove-like sacrifice.

5. Sire and sister, age and youth
Kindle at the mighty truth,
And the blissful Presence own,
Panting Faith so long hath known.

6. Glory be to Father, Son,
And blest Spirit, Three in One.
God Triune, to Thee we raise
Faithful hearts in ceaseless praise.

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