“See the destined day arise” is a translation of the Latin “Lustra sex qui jam peregit” by Venantius Fortunatus (AD 530–607).[i] Richard Mant (1776-1848) made the loose translation or paraphrase, which appeared in his Ancient Hymns, from the Roman Breviary as “Hymn for Good Friday.”[ii] Written in 7s. meter, I like the tune Solid Comfort as a vehicle for this hymn.
See, a willing sacrifice,
To redeem our fatal loss,
Jesus hangs upon the Cross.
Fatal to primeval man:
Health attends us from a tree,
God and man, vouchsafed by Thee.
Lifted on that tree of scorn,
Every pang and bitter throe,
Finishing Thy life of woe!
Steep’d in gall the cup of pain;
And with tender body bear
Thorns, and nails, and piercing spear?
Mingled from Thy side with blood,
Sign to all attesting eyes
Of the finished Sacrifice.
In that sacrifice to place
All our trust for life renew’d,
Pardon’d sin, and promised good.
In the trinal Unity,
Ever with the sons of light,
Blessing, honour, glory, might.