Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Vincent of Paul, Lauds

Well dost thou lead us now from Heaven,
O Vincent, with thy guiding light,
And, by thy virtue, show the way
Up to the starry Heavens bright.

Fair chastity, to Jesus dear,
Thy body pure did consecrate,
And all the choir of virtues loved
Thy modest mind to decorate.

Hence comes the timid modesty,
With which thou dost thyself abase,
Hence is thy gentleness of life
Thine open and ingenuous face.

But among all, the fervent fire
Of charity e’er brightest shines,
How many of the poor it feeds!
How many hearts to Christ inclines!

Thou, spurred on by thine ardent zeal,
The mysteries of God dost bear,
And preach through country parts, yet not
Of rich and great neglect the care.

Deceitful error felt thy power
With firmest faith its progress stay,
And sin most hateful felt it too,
And to thine influence gave way.

A pious brood beneath thy wings
After thy model forward reach;
By word, and deed, and holy life,
Thy children thou dost guide and teach.

To God, who is both One and Trine,
Be praise and endless glory given,
Who with Himself doth fervent love
Eternally reward in Heaven. Amen.

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