Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint John Nepomucene, Matins

In the shadows deep of night,
And in darkness most profound,
Flames most pure, at God’s command,
Light the holy house around.

Born on earth is John by night,
Stars are falling through the air,
Born again by night to Heaven,
Stars his funeral prepare.

Hence his heart, with fire inflamed,
Strongest charity doth show,
Hence, forthcoming from his lips
Wondrous suavity doth flow.

Now by love, the good man’s heart
In salvation’s way he leads;
Now by fear, draws back from hell
Him that worketh wicked deeds.

Comforting the poor with alms,
He assists the desolate,
Succours just men, nor allows
Any to calumniate.

O Most Blessed Trinity,
By the holiness of John,
In our minds give purity,
In our hearts reign love alone. Amen.

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