Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saints Peter and Paul, Matins

With blissful fires, Eternity’s all beauteous light
Hath poured itself in floods upon this golden day,
Which to the two Apostle Princes gives their crowns,
And to poor sinners all flings open Heaven’s way.

The Teacher of the world, The Key-bearer of Heaven,
The Fathers of great Rome, and Rulers of Mankind,
One victor by the sword, the other by the cross,
With laurels crowned, their seats in Heaven’s senate find.

O thou most happy Rome, which, by the glorious Blood
Of these two Sacred Princes, consecrated art,
The crimson Blood they shed doth now to thee alone
A grace above all beauties of this world impart.

May everlasting glory, honour, power, be,
And jubilation, to the Holy Trinity
In Unity, which governs all the universe,
Through all the endless ages of Eternity.

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