Scripture Verse

He was there in the wilderness forty days. Mark 1:13


Gregory I

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Gre­go­ry I, 6th Cen­tu­ry (Clar­um de­cus je­jun­ii). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Mau­rice F. Bell in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 68.

Music: Spires from Geist­liche Lied­er, by Jo­seph Klug, 1543. Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).

Johann S. Bach


The glo­ry of these for­ty days
We ce­le­brate with songs of praise;
For Christ, by whom all things were made,
Himself has fast­ed and has prayed.

Alone and fast­ing Mo­ses saw
The lov­ing God who gave the law;
And to Eli­jah, fast­ing, came
The steeds and cha­ri­ots of flame.

So Da­ni­el trained his mys­tic sight,
Delivered from the li­ons’ might;
And John, the Bride­groom’s friend, be­came
The her­ald of Mes­si­ah’s name.

Then grant us, Lord, like them to be
Full oft in fast and pray­er with Thee;
Our spi­rits strength­en with Thy grace,
And give us joy to see Thy face.

O Fa­ther, Son, and Spi­rit blest,
To Thee be ev­ery pray­er add­ressed,
Who art in three­fold name adored,
From age to age, the on­ly Lord.