Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saints Cyril and Methodius, Vespers and Matins

Now sing to those seated on Heaven’s bright thrones,
The glory of Slavians, warriors bold,
The Brothers, their country’s Protectors; let us
Their glories unfold.

One love did unite these dear Brethren twain,
One kindness forbade them in deserts to live,
That they the more quickly the pledges of life
To many might give.

To Bulgarians wild, and Moravians too,
And Bohemians, Heavenly light they convey,
And numerous tribes of fierce peoples they make
Saint Peter obey.

O now that you wear your bright crowns, well deserved,
At the tears of your clients, O let yourselves bend,
The Slavians beg you the gifts you once gave
Again to defend.

Oh, let the brave countries, which cry to you now,
Faith’s Heavenly loveliness ever keep bright,
For Rome, which first gave, shall continue to give
Them health-giving light.

O Thou, the Creator and Saviour of men,
Who givest in goodness all graces from Heaven,
May praises, and thanks, and all glory, to Thee
For ever be given. Amen.

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