Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Common of One Martyr, Vespers

O God, who lot, reward, and crown,
Wouldst of Thy valiant soldiers be,
While we this martyr’s praises sing,
From sinful fetters set us free.

The pleasures of this mortal world,
Alluring and deceitful toys,
He held as poisonous, and so,
He now has reached celestial joys.

He bravely ran through torture’s course,
Sharp pain with manly heart sustained,
And, shedding his life’s blood for Thee,
Has now Eternal gifts obtained.

Therefore do we, with suppliant hearts,
To Thee, most loving Father, pray,
In this Thy martyr’s triumph hour,
Sin from Thy servants drive away.

Praise and Eternal glory be
To God the Father and the Son,
And to the Holy Paraclete,
While everlasting ages run. Amen.

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