Hymn to St. Agnes

Just a quick re-post of my translation of the Ambrosian hymn Agnes beatae virginis, in honor of the Virgin Martyr whose feast we celebrate Monday.
The blessed virgin Agnes flies
back to her home above the
With love she gave her blood on earth
to gain a new celestial

Mature enough to give her life,
though still too young to be a
what joy she shows when death appears
that one would think: her
bridegroom nears!

Her captors lead her to the fire
but she refuses
their desire,
“For it is not such smold’ring brands
Christ’s virgins take
into their hands.”

“This flaming fire of pagan rite
extinguishes all
faith and light.
Then stab me here, so that the flood
may overcome this
hearth in blood.”

Courageous underneath the blows,
her death a further
witness shows,
for as she falls she bends her knee
and wraps her robes in

O Virgin-born, all praises be
to You throughout
and unto everlasting days
to Father and the Spirit, praise.


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Kathleen Pluth (510 Posts)

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