Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint John Nepomucene, Lauds

John hardly in his grave is laid,
When wondrous signs declare his worth,
And, through the grating of his tomb,
Resplendent miracles break forth.

Here humbled are his enemies,
In public shame and misery,
And, by God’s vengeful Justice, pay
Of their great crime the penalty.

Here they, who mourn the loss of goods,
Or injury to their good name,
Get their possessions back again,
And reparation of their fame.

Here bodies of disease are cured,
And seasons of uncertainty,
Security from risk is freed,
From death escapes mortality.

Here too the martyr’s life-like tongue
Is silent, yet to Heaven doth cry,
As Abel’s blood did, on the King
To bring down vengeance from on high.

We pray Thee, Trinity of One,
And Unity of Three, to deign
To grant that those, who ask of John,
All that they pray for may obtain. Amen.

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