A Century in Glory – Edward Moran

A CENTURY IN GLORY

HYMN FOR THE CENTENARY OF SAINT LEO SCHOOL
ANGEL’S STORY 7.6.7.6 D

Edward Moran, 2005 A. H. Mann, 1881

Come, brothers, now, come, sisters

To sing God’s mighty deeds

Though years dissolve to whispers

And decades slip like beads.

A century in glory

Is but a fading skirr

As pipers pipe the story

Of schooldays as they were.

For years our parents labored

In ashly mine and mill,

With faith their steadfast neighbor

And hope upon the hill;

For love they wove a garment

In seamless weft of soul

And dreamt of snowy raiment

Through dusky seams of coal.

Now take their glowing embers

To cleanse each lip and tongue,

Till every heart remembers

The songs that once were sung:

Old songs from strife and steerage,

From famine’s fearsome days,

Fierce canticles of courage,

Sweet psalmodies of praise.

Transfigured, here we gather

As heaven’s own bright host,

In praise of God our Father,

And Son and Holy Ghost.

Blest be this godly Trio

With Mary at our side,

Invoking good Saint Leo,

Strong lion of our pride.
Text copyright 2005 by Edward Moran.

Used by permission.

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