Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Michael Apparition, Vespers

O Jesus, the true life of hearts,
The Father’s Power, and Light of Light,
We praise Thee, as Thou reign st supreme,
Among the hosts of angels bright.

To Thee a crown of chieftains brave,
Thousands of thousands, service pays;
Tis Michael’s part, salvation’s sign,
The standard of the Cross to raise.

Tis his the dragon’s horrid head
To hell’s profoundest depths to drive,
And with celestial thunderbolts,
The rebel chief and host to rive.

Then let us gainst the king of pride,
Choose for our Chief this Prince of Heaven,
That, from the Lamb’s bright Throne, to us
A crown of glory may be given.

To Father and to Son at once,
And to Thee, Holy Spirit too,
As ever, so for evermore,
Be glory endless ages through. Amen.

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