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

Now guilt the most lawless of sins of all kinds,
Throughout the world reigned, and pervaded the land,
And the thunderbolts threatened to come down from God’s
Avenging Right Hand.

Then, touched with compassion for evils so great,
The Virgin most Blessed the noblemen seven,
Illustrious by birth, and by piety too,
Calls to her from Heaven.

She calls them for peoples in sorrow and sin,
To turn away from them the wrath from above,
She calls them, moreover, to serve her always
With fervour and love.

She clothes them with habits of sorrow, that so
They may mourn for her dolours, and stand where she stood,
By the Cross of reproach, where her Son hung in death
And poured out His Blood.

She gives to them all the sweet name of her sons,
That they for their Mother most loving above
May take her, and also to her may return
Like proofs of their love.

How great was the fire of the love which then burned
In their breasts; then, dear Fathers, we pray you in turn,
To make us your children, that we with the like
Sweet fires may burn,

O Father, and Thou too, O Saviour, and Thou,
O Paraclete, grant that we, too, by your aid,
May weep for, and worship, and love as we ought,
The Mother and Maid. Amen.

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