Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint John the Baptist, Lauds

Unspeakably happy, in merit sublime,
Who stain of thy purity never didst know,
O Martyr and Hermit, of Prophets and Seers
The greatest art thou.

Some a garland of thirty-fold increase receive,
And others with sixty-fold merit are crowned,
Thy temples a garland of hundreds of flowers
Is wreathed around.

Do thou, who hast power by merit so rich,
O break the hard rock of our hearts for us now,
And smooth our rough pathway, and to the true goal
The way to us show.

That He, the kind Maker and Saviour of men,
When our purified spirits sins do not infect,
May come, and Himself our true pathway to Heaven
May deign to direct.

Thy praises, O God, who art One and art Trine,
Be evermore sung by the Blessed in Heaven,
Thy mercy we ask, O to us Thy redeemed,
Let pardon be given. Amen.

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