Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, All Saints, Vespers

Christ, let Thy gracious mercy be,
To Thy poor little children shown,
For whom the Virgin Patroness
Asks mercy at Thy Father’s Throne.

Ye Heavenly Hosts, in circles nine,
Marshalled around in bright array,
Evils, past, present, and to come,
From your poor clients drive away.

Apostles, too, and Prophets, pray
To the tremendous Judge of Heaven,
That, to poor sinners contrite tears,
Heaven’s indulgence may be given.

Ye Martyrs, purpled with your blood,
Ye Confessors, robed all in white,
Do ye us, exiles upon earth,
To our true Home in Heaven invite.

O Choir most pure, of Virgins bright,
And ye, who from the desert sand
Did mount to Heaven, obtain for us
Admission to the Heavenly land.

Vouchsafe to drive our treacherous foe
From faithful dwellings far away,
That we may all, in one true fold,
One lawful Pastor’s rule obey.

To God the Father glory be,
And to the Father’s only Son,
And to the Holy Paraclete,
While everlasting ages run. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England