HYMN TO ST. LAWRENCE, MARTYR

Holy Deacon! by thy yearning 
For the Martyr's glorious crown; 
By thy tortures, by thy burning, 
By thy death of bright renown;
When the world and flesh and devil
Tempt our souls to sin and evil,

Dear Saint Lawrence, pray for us!

By the love that thou didst ever
To thy Pontiff-Father bear,
Pray that no base act may sever
Us from Peter's loving care!
But when men would once more lead us
Into bonds from which Christ freed us,

Dear Saint Lawrence, pray for us!

By the Pontiff's words of warning,
Bidding all thy sorrows cease,
Words foretelling bitter mourning
Leading unto lasting peace!
That to Jesus in our sadness
We may look for help and gladness,

Dear Saint Lawrence, pray for us!

By thy love, which knew no measure,
For the needy and the old,
Giving them the Church's treasure
Dearer they than gems and gold!
Teaching us that alms well given
Are but treasures stored in heaven,

Dear Saint Lawrence, pray for us!

By thy fervent love for Jesus,
By thy strong and constant faith,
Of our sinful burdens ease us!
Help us at the hour of death!
When the fears of death confound us
When the cleansing fires surround us!

Dear Saint Lawrence, pray for us!

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