Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Catherine of Genoa, Lauds

Around her lies a sickly crowd
Of poor, whom anguish doth oppress,
The matron kind their sores and wounds,
As of Christ’s Members, loves to dress.

She gives them alms, she gives them aid,
Fulfills for them an office mean,
She makes their beds, and washes them,
From dirt and all defilement, clean.

The more offensive are their wounds,
She serves them the more readily,
From ulcers foul she does not shrink,
Shrinking is far from charity.

To God the Father and the Son,
Only Begotten, glory be,
With the Great Spirit Paraclete,
Now, and through all Eternity. Amen.

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