Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Philip Neri, Lauds

When he sacrifice offered to Heaven’s Great Lord,
Lifted up in the air often Philip would fly,
With his body made light, quite away from the earth,
Drawn up quickly to meet his dear Lord from on high.

For the majesty sacred of Cardinal’s rank,
For the hat, and the robe, of red colour so bright,
He had little desire, for he cares but for this,
For the right to be clothed in pure virginal white.

When he lay in his illness, he stretched forth his arms,
To embrace round the neck his pure virginal
His most dear Mother Mary, as though he had wished,
That he might to her dwelling transported have been.

He went forth from his body, when God had been brought,
Lying hid in the Host, which was white as the snow,
For, without that great Gift for his journey, he was
To his country most wisely unwilling to go.

To the Trinity Blessed be evermore praise,
Who rules Heaven and earth and abysses below,
O may He our dear country’s celestial joys
Upon us, through the prayers of Saint Philip, bestow. Amen.

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