Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Venantius, Martyr, Vespers

God’s martyr, Saint Venantius,
Who Latium light and glory brings,
Now, judge and torturer o’ercome,
With joyous heart his triumph sings.

A child in years, he cruel chains,
And stripes, and prisons, bravely bore,
And then at last is thrown a prey
To lions, as for food they roar.

But see, the hungry lions spare
The martyr’s innocence so sweet,
Though famine-stricken and enraged,
Forgetting all, they lick his feet.

Head downward hung, foul stifling fumes
And smoke to breathe he is compelled,
While, on both sides, sharp burning lamps
Are to his ribs and body held.

Praise to the Father and the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit be,
O grant that through Venantius prayers,
We Heaven’s blessed joys may see. Amen.

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