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

All radiant with celestial light,
Behold the hero loved of Heaven,
Whom Adria’s land exulting claims,
As the dear patron to her given.

Behold the Saint, who oft restrains,
Of rain and wind the awful strife,
And keeps back clouds, while he declares
The sacred oracles of life.

The fishes, in the astonished sea,
To hear him preach are seen to stay,
When that stiff-necked and impious race
His truthful word will not obey.

Death, sickness, devils, leprosy,
Strong chains, and fire’s devouring flame,
The swelling and tumultuous sea,
Yield to the power of his name.

Wherefore do sin, and plague, and scourge,
With wholesale ruin strike the land?
Those who implore his help are heard,
All evils flee at his command.

O thou, great Saint, from Heaven’s height,
Assist us when we cry to thee,
Avert all famine, war and plague,
And anger of God’s Majesty.

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

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