Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Vincent of Paul, Vespers II

What now this new triumph they re keeping in Heaven?
With songs of the Saints let our canticles rise;
The light of the priesthood, the friend of the poor,
Now shines in the skies.

Thy deeds, O Saint Vincent, adorn thee full well,
And charity places a crown on thy brow,
The glory thou humbly didst merit on earth
Rewarded! thee now.

The truth, which erewhile thou didst teach to the rude,
Itself to thy view now completely displays,
And all that thy loving hand gave to the poor,
Now Heaven repays.

Thou still for their master art taken by priests,
That so the sweet odour of Christ they may bear,
By thee doth His vineyard beloved produce
A vintage more fair.

But oh! from the pure what a glory is thine!
Both virgins and matrons, who glory in thee,
The servants, like thee, of the poor and the sick
Are delighted to be.

Thou didst with compassion the wretched relieve,
But now all men’s prayers thou must hear from on high,
To thee, as their patron, as those thou didst love,
All in poverty cry.

Honour and praise to the Father be paid,
And to Him, who relieveth the wretched, the Son,
Like honour to Thee, Holy Spirit, the while
All ages shall run. Amen.

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