A happy day, to us joyful, holy,

A happy day, to us joyful, holy,
when Jesus gave his sinless sacred flesh
to support and make us safe--we have but
always to keep by Him in this blind world.

His goodness and strength has lightened the weight
of our viciousness, even though ruthless
godless corrupt hearts--the hardened crowd--can
barely understand His veiled guarded talk.

His noble forgiveness of arrogance,
His gift of Himself as our soul's food,
is seen as some great marvel or horror,

only those who have won over hate with love,
seen the law as an expression of faith
have His gift of life impressed on their hearts.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V LXIII:223. See also B S1:22:96; Valgrisi 22. MSs L (Tordi 7r) V2 (Caruso f.29v). A fourth in a series meditating Christ. Key

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