Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Common of Many Martyrs, Vespers

Let us sing, dear companions, the joys of the Saints,
With their merits renowned, and brave deeds they have done,
For our hearts, all on fire, compel us to praise
The most noble of victors, who triumphs have won.

These are they whom the world in its foolishness shunned,
But tis empty of fruit, it is withered and dry,
And despised by all those who have love for Thy Name,
O Good Jesus, of Saints the King reigning on high.

These are they who for Thee the wild rages of men,
Their threatenings and scourgings, did under foot tread,
The sharp tearing hook had no terrors for them,
Could not reach to their hearts, nor inspire with dread.

They are slain with the sword, like the poor gentle sheep,
Yet no word of complaint or of murmuring say,
But, with conscience unsullied, their patience they keep,
And they bear all with courage which nought can dismay.

Ah! what tongue, which is able the gifts to declare
For thy martyrs prepared, or what voice can we find,
For all crimsoned with blood which has flowed from their veins,
Now with laurels resplendent their temples they bind.

We beseech Thee, O Deity, One and Supreme,
To cleanse us from sins, and all ills drive away,
To give peace to thy servants, that glory to Thee,
Through all ages to come, they may ever more pay. Amen.

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