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

That, singing to music, Thy servants may praise
The wonderful deeds that by Thee have been done,
The guilt take away, which our lips hath defiled,
O Holy Saint John.

An envoy, sent down to thy father from Heaven,
That thou wilt be born a great Prophet declares,
And then, of thy name, of thy works, of thy life,
True witness he bears.

Thy father then lost all the tones of his voice,
Because he believed not that message was true,
But thou, when new born, his lost organ of speech
Again didst renew.

When, couched in the darksome abode of the womb,
Thou didst the great King in His Chamber behold,
The two Mothers then, on account of their Babes,
Things hidden unfold.

Praise be to the Father and His Only Son,
To Thee be the same, Blessed Spirit of Love,
One God with Them Both, for all ages to come,
Who reignest above. Amen.

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