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

Thou, who dost in full measure eternally quaff
The delight of thy country and home in the skies,
Of thy clients the wishes, the prayers, and the groans,
O glorious Saint Vincent, deign not to despise.

Since thou wilt of the poor the good father be made,
As a child thou dost poverty learn to endure,
But, instead of the riches, which soon pass away,
Christ offers thee riches more precious and pure.

For with thee from thy childhood united to be,
A holy alliance virginity made,
And the queen of all virtues, sweet charity, dwelt
In thy heart, by religion and piety’s aid.

Most exactly thou showest the image of Christ;
Thou art like Him in action, in walk, and in speech,
Thou dost praise the sweet Name of His Mother with love,
And her care with devotion and fervour beseech.

When imprisoned in bonds, from the chains of hell fire
Thou thy master didst free, and receive, as thy due,
The great grace to set free those by sins who are bound,
And to bring them to Christ and salvation anew.

The calm self-satisfaction of this world condemns
Thy wise teaching, as being by far too austere,
But men’s hearts are surrendered, and willing to yield
To thine eloquence rare, so convincing and clear.

Thou dost wish to lie hid, but thy virtues so bright
Will not let thee; thy coming the Palace invites
To deal with the secrets of kings, and always
To be helped by thy counsels and warnings delights.

Thou rejectest the teaching perverse of the sects,
By the light which thine orthodox learning imparts,
And e’er by the shield of the Truth wardest off,
Of new error the thousand and one evil arts.

Highest praise to the Father be, and to the Son,
And to Thee, Holy Spirit, like glory be given,
And let Sovereign honour be paid to the Lord,
Who to those whom He calls gives assistance from Heaven. Amen.

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