Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Anthony of Padua, Lauds

Why on the deep wouldst spread thy sail?
Thou, if thou leav’st Iberian land,
Seeking the martyr’s crimson robe,
Shalt find the waves thy wish withstand.

That thou by tyrant’s rage should die,
God’s Providence doth not ordain,
And Afric’s axes with thy blood,
Thou shalt not, as a victim, stain

Italia’s kingdom thee demands,
Here conflicts shall thy portion be,
Many and fierce, and here, with them,
Joy of perpetual victory.

And here, where thou didst choose to dwell
A noble sepulchre is thine,
Here too God’s altar thou shalt kiss,
With joy, in Sacrifice Divine.

To God the Father and the Son,
Praise, honour, glory, ever be,
And to the Holy Paraclete,
Now, and through all Eternity. Amen.

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