Day set on Rome
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As today is the last day of the Novena we sing Fr Faber's hymn about St Philip's death: 'Day set on Rome'. Here are the novena prayers: SPN Novena
These are the words of the hymn:
ST PHILIP'S DEATH
Day set on Rome: its golden morn
Had seen the world’s Creator borne
Around St. Peter’s square;
Trembling and weeping all the way,
God’s Vicar with his God that day
Made pageant brave and rare!
O come to Father Philip’s cell,
Rome’s rank and youth, they know it well,
Come ere the moment flies!
The feast hath been too much for him;
His heart is full, his eye is dim,
And Rome’s Apostle dies!
Come, O Creator Spirit! come,
Take Thine elect unto his home,
Thy chosen one, sweet Dove!
“Come to thy rest,” he hears Thee say;
He waits not—he hath passed away
In mortal trance of love.
When Rome in deepest slumber slept,
Our father’s children knelt and wept
Around his little bed;
He raised his eyes, then let them fall
With marked expression upon all;
He blessed them, and was dead.
One half from earth, one half from heaven,
Was that mysterious blessing given,
Just as his life had been
One half in heaven, one half on earth,
Of earthly toil and heavenly mirth
A wondrous woven scene!
O Jesus, Mary, Joseph, bide,
With kind St. Raphael, by my side,
When death shall come for me ;
And, Philip! leave me not that day,
But let my spirit pass away,
Leaning, dear Sire, on thee!
Words: Fr. Frederick William Faber, C.O., 1849.