Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint John Cantius, Vespers

O Glory of the Polish race,
Who didst the Priesthood illustrate,
Great John, thy Alma Mater’s pride,
And father of thy native state;

The holy law of God Supreme,
As Master, Thou dost teach and do;
To know avails not, let us strive
To put the law in practice too.

On foot to the Apostles shrines,
A pious visit thou dost pay,
Then to that country, which we seek,
Do thou direct our steps and way.

Then visiting Jerusalem,
Where the Lord Jesus deigned to tread,
Over His footsteps, marked with blood,
Thou floods of loving tears dost shed.

O ye, most painful wounds of Christ,
To dwell within our spirits deign,
That so we may the great reward
Of our Redemption seek to gain.

O Trinity, most Merciful,
May the world pay Thee homage due;
And that we may new praises sing,
Do Thou our hearts with grace renew. Amen.

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