Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Raphael, Vespers

O Splendour of the Father, Christ,
From whom all life of hearts doth spring,
To Thee, in all the Angels sight,
Hymns, with one heart and voice, we sing;
And, ordered in alternate choirs,
Sweet melody to praise Thee bring.

We praise and venerate at once,
All the chief Princes of High Heaven,
Chiefly the faithful Raphael,
Who was as guide and healer given,
By whose great might the fiend was bound,
And to the distant desert driven.

Then, from our hearts and bodies pure,
O Christ, thou King of clemency,
Through him drive far away the wiles,
Of our most cruel enemy,
And give us back to Paradise,
Through Thy pure love and clemency.

Let us to God the Father give
Glory, with voices loud and sweet,
And to Christ glory let us sing,
And glory to the Paraclete,
Who are true God both One and Trine,
Ere time began its courses fleet. Amen.

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