Monday, 16 April 2007

God bless our Pope

Words by Nicholas Cardinal Wiseman (1802-1865)

Full in the panting heart of Rome,
Beneath th'apostle's crowning dome,
From pilgrims' lips that kiss the ground,
Breathes in all tongues only one sound:

'God bless our Pope, God bless our Pope,
God bless our Pope, the great, the good.'

The golden roof, the marble walls,
The Vatican's majestic halls,
The note redouble, till it fills
With echoes sweet the seven hills:

'God bless our Pope, God bless our Pope,
God bless our Pope, the great, the good.'

Then surging through each hallowed gate,
Where martyrs glory, in peace, await,
It sweeps beyond the solemn plain,
Peals over Alps, across the main:

'God bless our Pope, God bless our Pope,
God bless our Pope, the great, the good.'

From torrid south to frozen north,
That wave harmonious stretches forth,
Yet strikes no chord more true to Rome's,
Than rings within our hearts and homes:

'God bless our Pope, God bless our Pope,
God bless our Pope, the great, the good.'

(This is the version that I learnt at primary school - I had to do a search for the full words, and found them here.)

7 comments:

Mac McLernon said...

I really adore that first photo... the others are pretty neat too...!

newhousenewjob said...

The first one is of seminarians celebrating the appointment of the new Pope in 2005.

I love the Pope's smile on the last two - you could think up some pretty good captions for them... :¬)

humboldt said...

Actually I find the first photo quite disgusting.

newhousenewjob said...

Hmmm, I can't understand why, since you don't explain yourself, and I see nothing disgusting about it - but you're entitled to your opinion.

Leticia said...

Youthful exhuberance at the election of a great man as leader of Christ's Church on earth; that photo looks great to me!
In fact, they all do. Beautiful post. I'm linking to you.

newhousenewjob said...

Thanks Leticia.

Mac McLernon said...

Humboldt, there is nothing disgusting about the seminarians showing their delight at the swift election of a new pope...

...I remember the occasion: it was a great day, and worthy of celebration!