Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Hermengild, Matins

Thy father cannot thee seduce
By pleasures and allurements vain,
Thou art not caught by wealth or ease,
By sparkling gems, or wish to reign.

Thou dost not fear the sword’s sharp edge,
Nor executioner’s deadly rage,
Thou choosest rather Heaven’s joys,
Than those which end on life’s brief stage.

Now, from the mansions of the blest,
Send us Thy kind protection down,
And hear our prayers, the while we sing,
By death obtained, thy palm and crown.

Be honour to the Lord of all,
The Eternal Father and the Son,
And Holy Spirit; let us praise,
With all our hearts, the Three in One. Amen.

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