Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Our Lady Help of Christians, Vespers

Ofttimes, when the people of God, by a foe,
Bloodthirsty and fierce, has been cruelly pressed,
The merciful Virgin to help them has come
From Heavenly rest.

For this do the chroniclers tell us of old,
And this do the temples with trophies arrayed
Attest, and the same does the worship by vow,
Which yearly is paid.

Then let us to Mary a new hymn of thanks,
Rejoicing, with new and sweet harmony raise,
For all her new gifts, and let city and world
Resound with her praise.

O bright day of joy, after five years of grief,
On which to the See of Saint Peter twas given
To get back from exile the Teacher of Faith,
By favour of Heaven!

O then let the people, with gratitude moved,
And young men and maidens, with hearts pure and clean,
And clergy devout, sing together the gifts
Of the Heavenly Queen.

O Virgin of virgins, of Christ Mother blest,
Increase then thy blessings, and grant us, we pray,
Our kind Shepherd may to the pastures of life
Lead us on our way.

Through all the Eternal years let us adore
Thee, Trinity Holy, with sovereign praise,
Let hearts with true faith, and let tongues with loud voice,
Sweet hymns to Thee raise. Amen.

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