To the tune of Veni Veni Emmanuel. Lyrics by Jude Reid. Transcribed by Aaron Walter

Funerary variant, adapted and transcribed by Aaron Walter
RECORDING of this song: Media:virtues-anthem.mp3

O come o come ye seven virtues bright And lead this soul from darkness into light Let courage be my armour and my shield With virtue as my guide I shall not yield O come o come ye seven virtues bright And lead this soul from darkness into light

O let my spirit hear ambition's call To strive and rise and never fear to fall Let flames of holy fervour fill my soul I shall not cease until I reach my goal O come o come ye seven virtues bright And lead this soul from darkness into light

I pray that every day my wisdom grow That I in turn may teach on what I know To know the truths of all the world I yearn- Till my last breath I shall not cease to learn O come o come ye seven virtues bright And lead this soul from darkness into light

Oh holy virtue grant that I be proud To own my sins and speak my virtues loud No falsehoods vile, false modesty or shame Shall tarnish the bright glory of my name O come o come ye seven virtues bright And lead this soul from darkness into light

All ills I will ensure for duty's sake A valiant heart may cease but never break To kinsman, to lover, and to friend My loyalty shall be without an end O come o come ye seven virtues bright And lead this soul from darkness into light

With vigilance I strive that I perceive Those liars who dissemble and deceive May sinners fear my name across the land May traitors perish weeping at my hand O come o come ye seven virtues bright And lead this soul from darkness into light

When hard I work with hand and heart and mind Prosperity shall follow close behind I shall make use of every throne I earn That other men shall prosperous be in turn O come o come ye seven virtues bright And lead this soul from darkness into light