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Good Shepherd, Peter

short introduction

Good Shepherd, Peter, unto whom the charge was given
To close or open ways of pilgrimage to heaven,
In sin's hard bondage held may we have grace to know
The full remission you were granted to bestow.

O noble Teacher, Paul, we trust to learn from you
Both earthly converse and the flight of ecstacy;
Till from the fading truths that now we know in part
We pass to fulness of delight for mind and heart.

Twin olive branches, pouring oil of gladness forth,
your prayers shall aid us, that for all our little worth,
Believing, hoping, loving, we for whom you plead,
This body leaving, may attain to life indeed.

Now to the glorious Trinity be duly paid
Worship and honor, praise and service unafraid,
Who in unchanging Unity, one Lord sublime,
Has ever lived as now and to unending time.

Words: Elpis (5th C)
Music: Annue Christe