Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Seven Founders, Vespers I

The illustrious race, whom the Virgin most wise,
As their Mother and Patroness, deigned to upraise,
Whom she destines to fill the whole world with their light,
Let us honour with songs of rejoicing and praise.

It is they, who the honours of country despise,
And to climb the high crags of the mountains prefer,
That their tears sympathetic, and sorrowful prayers,
From their hearts they may offer like incense and myrrh.

The illustrious Virgin commands that they all
Should wear habits of black, thus her sorrow to mourn,
When she grieved at the torments and death of her Son,
And when, close to the Cross, she stood sad and forlorn.

Then their Mother from Heaven assigns them the name
Of her servants, and bids them to share in her woe,
And to be the new seeds, out of which there shall spring
A new Order for ever in this world below;

A new Order, whose spirit it always shall be
To proclaim the sad death of the great King of Heaven,
And the wounds of His Mother’s heart, foresight of which,
In the Temple to Simeon the Prophet was given.

With petitions most humble we pray Thee, O Lord,
Let the ways which were trod by Thy saints be now made
To lie open to us, that we too may be brought
Unto Thee, by Thy grace’s most merciful aid. Amen.

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