Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Hermengild, Vespers

O Hermengild, the glory bright
Of Spain’s great throne, and of the band
Of martyrs, whom the love of Christ
Has sent into the Heavenly land.

With what persistent patience thou
Dost keep of faith the promise made
To God, preferring Him to all,
Only of hurtful joys afraid.

How well those passions dost thou curb,
Which nascent vice with food excite;
No doubtful steps are thine, thou dost
Walk in the ways of truth and right.

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