Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Philip Neri, Vespers

Let us sing to Saint Philip the canticles due,
Who above all the stars of the bright shining sky,
By his virtues and glorious merits, was raised
To taste the sweet joys of God’s Heaven on high.

He will not shed tears, when the house where he dwelt
On a sudden in fire consuming he sees,
Though the terrible flames, which are mounting on high,
By a few loving tears he can quench, if he please.

His uncle’s possessions, and treasures of gold,
He treads underfoot with magnanimous heart,
And to Rome, which among all the cities of men,
He makes most illustrious, turns to depart.

In the caves, which with bodies of martyrs are filled,
He is constantly watching throughout the whole night,
And is earnestly seeking to learn from the dead,
How himself his own life he may order aright.

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