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eternal God, You raised up among the people of England and Wales the holy
martyrs Edmund, Robert and their companions, and willed that they should
imitate Christ, who died to redeem the world. Grant that, by their
intercession, Your people may be strengthened by the same faith and love and
always rejoice in Your gift of unity. 


On Saint
Edmund Campion

On Saint
Robert Southwel
l, plus there’s more here

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Behold the
father is his daughter’s son,

The bird that
built the nest is hatched therein,

The old of years
an hour hath not outrun,

Eternal life to
live doth now begin,

The Word is
dumb, the mirth of heaven doth weep,

Might feeble is,
and force doth faintly creep.


O dying souls,
behold your living spring;

O dazzled eyes,
behold your sun of grace;

Dull ears,
attend what word this Word doth bring;

Up, heavy
hearts, with joy your joy embrace.

From death, from
dark, from deafness, from despairs

This life, this
light, this Word, this joy repairs.


Gift better than
himself God doth not know;

Gift better than
his God no man can see.

This gift doth
here the giver given bestow;

Gift to this
gift let each receiver be.

God is my gift,
himself he freely gave me;

God’s gift am I,
and none but God shall have me.


Man altered was
by sin from man to beast;

Beast’s food is
hay, hay is all mortal flesh.

Now God is flesh
and lies in manger pressed

As hay, the
brutest sinner to refresh.

O happy field
wherein that fodder grew,

Whose taste doth
us from beasts to men renew.