Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Guardian Angels, Vespers and Matins

We sing of the Angels, the Guardians of men,
To whose fragile nature the Father hath given,
As faithful companions to conquer the foe,
Who seeks to deceive them, bright Spirits from Heaven,

For since the rebellious Archangel was driven,
Most justly, for treason, from honours be stowed,
Through envy, from Heaven he tries to exclude
All those, whom God calls on the Heavenly road.

O haste thee then, vigilant Guardian, haste,
And drive from that land, which is trusted to thee,
All trouble of mind, and, from all that disturbs
The peace of its people, set all of them free.

To the Trinity Holy be praise evermore,
Whose Mighty Divinity always sustains,
The earth, sea, and sky, and whose glory sublime,
Through all the whole length of Eternity reigns. Amen.

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