Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Stigmata of Saint Francis, Lauds

O Francis, why dost thou lie hid
In Mount Alvernia’s desert cave,
Which that great mystery saw, and why
Conceal the wounds which Heaven gave?

Descend then from the holy mount,
Now that thou Christ’s resemblance fair,
By no man, but by Christ’s own Hand,
Sculptured in thine own flesh dost bear.

That image the Redeemer gave,
Pledge of His love to us to be,
It was thus printed in thy flesh,
That we that pledge might clearly see.

Now the whole world beholds with awe
Those wounds, in likeness of the Lord,
By Him revealed, who, with like Wounds,
By His poor servant is adored.

Who art revealed to little ones,
O Jesus, glory be to Thee,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Ever for all Eternity. Amen.

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