Scripture Verse

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. Matthew 4:1–2

Introduction

Words: Un­known au­thor, pre-13th Cen­tu­ry (Jesu qua­dra­gen­ar­iae). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John W. Hew­ett (Vers­es by a Coun­try Cur­ate, 1859) & the com­pil­ers of Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern.

Music: Wind­sor Chris­to­pher Tye, 1533. Ar­ranged in Booke of Mu­sicke, by Wil­liam Da­man, 1591 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Hew­ett, Tye or Da­man (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Jesu, our Lenten fast of Thee
We duteous learn to keep,
A healing time, by Thy decree,
For all Thy wounded sheep.

A time in which towards paradise,
Once lost by carnal sense,
The souls redeemed by Thee may rise
Through chastening abstinence.

Now with Thy Church be present, Lord,
In all Thy saving grace,
And hear us as with one accord
Mourning, we seek Thy face.

Most Merciful, forgive the past,
The sins which we deplore;
Thy sheltering arms around us cast,
That we may sin no more.

To Thee our sacrifice we bring
Of Lenten fast and prayer,
Till, cleansed by Thee, our God and king,
Thy Paschal joy we share.

Grant this, O Father, through Thy Son,
And through the Spirit blest,
Who art with Them forever One,
Eternally confessed.