Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Martina, Vespers

To our own Saint Martina’s illustrious name,
And her glory sublime, O ye Romans, give praise,
And sweet hymns to her honour, as virgin most pure,
And great martyr of Jesus, triumphantly raise.

She was born of illustrious parents, and lived
In the midst of delights and all pleasures of sense,
Such as steal away hearts, and abounding with all
The rich gifts which a prosperous house can dispense.

But, despising life’s comforts, herself she devotes
To the service and praise of the Heavenly Lord,
And with bountiful hands she distributes her wealth,
Which she gives to Christ’s poor, seeking Heaven’s reward.

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

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