Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Philip Neri, Matins

When Saint Philip was falling, with risk of his life,
As he carried some food to a poor man by night,
That it so might be seen that strong love never fails,
He is rescued from death by an angel of light.

As he prayed with much fervour, God’s Spirit from Heaven,
With great vehemence coming, his heart did dilate,
That the Heavenly Guest, whom no bounds can contain,
A more roomy abode for himself might create.

When one who was shipwrecked, a man of great age,
He would save, and draw forth from the depths of the sea,
To the waves neath his feet he solidity gave,
And the sea like dry land he made almost to be.

Of a youth who was lifeless he handled the limbs,
And recalled him to life, then again to him gave
An order to die, thus endowed by the Lord
With the keys that send men to life, death, and the grave.

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