Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Francis of Assisi, Vespers

O Victim of the love of God,
In whom Christ’s bleeding Wounds abide,
Francis, thou bearest in thy flesh
The likeness of the Crucified.

Thrice didst thou think of barbarous lands,
When thou didst burn with love’s hot fire,
To shed thy blood for Christ’s dear love,
So ardently thou didst desire.

When disappointed, love’s bright flame
Thou dost not idly let to die,
But all on fire with Heavenly love,
Thou kindlest flames which mount on high.

In thy dear Children living still,
Thou dost to foreign countries turn,
That frozen hearts may melt their ice,
And now with fervent love may burn.

Then, with these potent weapons armed,
The spite of hell thou dost restrain,
And by thy virtue’s mighty strength,
The falling Temple dost sustain.

O Father, listen to our prayers,
And that same fire, by which thy love
So hotly burned, in our poor souls,
Do thou enkindle from above.

Praise to the Father and the Son,
And to the Glorious Paraclete,
May He our holy Father’s zeal
Give grace to us to emulate. Amen.

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