Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint John Cantius, Matins

Thou thine own body dost subdue
With many fasts and stripes to blood,
To be like a true penitent,
Though always innocent and good.

Let us our father imitate,
And in his path to follow, train
Our footsteps, that the spirit may
The license of the flesh restrain.

In winter frosts the poor man doth
Clothing from thy kind hand receive,
The thirst and hunger of the poor,
With food and drink, thou dost relieve.

O then do thou, who, when besought,
Thine aid to no one dost deny,
Thy country save, for Poland’s sons,
And others too, for succour cry.

Praise to the Father and the Son,
And to Thee, Holy Ghost, be given,
And may the prayers of John obtain
For us the blessed joys of Heaven. Amen.

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