his hymn is used for the Feast of St. Hermenegild in the Extraordinary Form. Part I is used for Vespers & Lauds. Part II is used for Matins.
Glory of Iberia’s throne!
Joy of Martyr’d Saints above!
Who the crown of life have won,
Dying for their Saviour’s love:
What intrepid faith was thine!
What unswerving constancy!
Bent to do the will divine
With exact fidelity!
Every rising motion check’d
Which might lead thy heart astray;
How thou didst thy course direct
Whither virtue shew’d the way!
From the Truth thy soul to turn,
Pleads a father’s voice in vain;
Nought to thee were jewell’d crown,
Earthly pleasure, earthly gain.
Angry threat and naked sword
Daunted not thy courage high;—
Choosing glory with the Lord,
Rather than a present joy.
Now amid the Saints in light,
Thron’d in bliss for evermore; —
Oh! from thy eternal height,
Hear the solemn prayer we pour.
*Honour, glory, majesty,
To the Father and the Son,
With the Holy Spirit be,
While eternal ages run.
Words: Pope Urban VIII, 1632.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, C.O., 1849.
Tune: “St. Bees” John B. Dykes, 19th C.
*This doxology is used at the end of each part in the Office
The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.