This is the night, dear friends, the night for weeping

This is the night, dear friends, the night for weeping

Translator: Richard Sturch; Author: Peter Abelard
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1 This is the night, dear friends, the night for weeping,
when darkness' power overcomes the day,
the night the faithful mourn the weight of evil
whereby our sins the Son of Man betray.

2 This night the traitor, wolf within the sheepfold,
betrays himself into his victim's will;
the Lamb of God for sacrifice preparing,
sin brings about the cure for sin's own ill.

3 This night Christ institutes his holy supper,
blest food and drink for heart and soul and mind;
this night injustice joins its hands to treason's,
and buys for death the ransom of mankind.

4 This night the Lord by slaves shall be arrested,
he who destroys our slavery to sin;
accused of crime, to criminals be given,
that judgement on the righteous judge begin.

5 O make us sharers, Saviour, of your passion,
that we may share your glory that shall be;
let us pass through these three dark nights of sorrow
to Easter's laughter and its liberty.

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Translator: Richard Sturch

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Author: Peter Abelard

Abelard, Peter, born at Pailais, in Brittany, 1079. Designed for the military profession, he followed those of philosophy and theology. His life was one of strange chances and changes, brought about mainly through his love for Heloise, the niece of one Fulbert, a Canon of the Cathedral of Paris, and by his rationalistic views. Although a priest, he married Heloise privately. He was condemned for heresy by the Council of Soissons, 1121, and again by that of Sens, 1140; died at St. Marcel, near Chalons-sur-Saoae, April 21, 1142. For a long time, although his poetry had been referred to both by himself and by Heloise, little of any moment was known except the Advent hymn, Mittit ad Virginem, (q.v.). In 1838 Greith published in his Spicihgium V… Go to person page >

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First Line: This is the night, dear friends, the night for weeping
Translator: Richard Sturch
Author: Peter Abelard
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright: © 1990 Stainer & Bell, Ltd. (Admin. Hope Publishing Co.)



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