Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Martina, Lauds

O vouchsafe to protect thy own dear native land,
And to give to all Christian lands blessings of peace,
And to drive to a distance the tumult of war,
And all furious battles, and make them all cease.

And, assembling the armies of kings, let them fight
For Jerusalem, under the flag of the Cross,
And the enemies strength altogether destroy,
Of much innocent blood thus avenging the loss.

For our column of strength, and our glory art thou,
Then the service accept which we willingly pay;
And have gracious regard to the vows of thy Rome,
Which to thee, with sweet hymns and due worship, doth pray.

O then deign far away from us dangerous joys
We beseech Thee, who aidest the martyrs, to drive,
O God, One and Trine, and vouchsafe to us too
That fair light, which can make our souls blessed, to give. Amen.

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