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O Salutaris

(O Saving Victim)

O saving Victim, open wide

the gates of heaven to man below; 

our foes press on from every side:

Thine aid supply; Thy strength bestow.
All praise and thanks to Thee ascend

for evermore, blest One in Three;

O grant us rest that shall not end  in our true native land with Thee.
St. Thomas Aquinas, thirteenth century

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