Number: 87
Title: The Glory of These Forty Days
Composer: Klug's Geistliche Lieder, 1543 Harm. Johann Sebastian Bach, 1725
Author: Gregory the Great (540-604) Trans. Maurice F. Bell, 1906
Theme: Lent

1.  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.

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

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

4.  Then grant that we like them be true,
    Consumed in fast and prayer with You;
    Our spirits strengthen with Your grace,
    And give us joy to see Your face.