The Guardians of Our Race, Our Angel Guides We Hail
This hymn was written by St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) and is the hymn for Vespers for the feast of the Guardian Angels on October 2.
| CUSTODES hominum psallimus Angelos,
naturae fragili quos Pater addidit
caelestis comites, insidiantibus
ne succumberet hostibus.
| THE Guardians of our race, our Angel Guides we hail;
our Father sendeth forth to aid our nature frail
these heavenly friends, lest we should suffer overthrow
through cunning of our subtle foe.
| NAM, quod corruerit proditor angelus,
concessis merito pulsus honoribus,
ardens invidia, pellere nititur
quos caelo Deus advocat.
| FOR he, who justly lost the honor once his own,
the traitor angel, rues his lost and vacant throne,
with burning envy strives to make them fall away
whom God doth call to heavenly day.
| HUC, custos, igitur pervigil advola,
avertens patria de tibi credita
tam morbos animi, quam requiescere
quidquid non sinit incolas.
| THEN, watchful Guardian, spread thy wings and cleave the air,
haste hither to our home committed to thy care;
drive thence each noxious ill that might the soul infest,
nor suffer danger here to rest.
| SANCTAE sit Triadi laus pia iugiter,
cuius perpetuo numine machina
triplex haec regitur, cuius in omnia
regnat gloria saecula. Amen.
| NOW to the holy Three your praise devoutly pour;
His glorious Godhead guides and governs evermore
this triple fame; to him ascribe we all our praise
who reigns through everlasting days. Amen.
From the Liturgy of the Hours. Translation by Neale?