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Corpus domas jejuniis

Long fasting hath thy body tamed

The Hymns of the Breviary and Missal

  1. Corpus domas jejuniis,
    Cædis cruento verbere,
    Ut castra pœnitentium
    Miles sequaris innocens
  2. Sequamur et nos sedulo
    Gressus parentis optimi,
    Sequamur, ut licentiam
    Carnis refrænet spiritus.
  3. Rigente bruma, providum
    Præbes amictum pauperi,
    Sitim famemque egentium
    Esca potuque sublevas.
  4. O qui negasti nemini
    Opem roganti, patrium
    Regnum tuere, postulant
    Cives Poloni, et exteri.
  5. Sit laus Patri, sit Filio,
    Tibique, sancte Spiritus;
    Preces Joannis impetrent
    Beata nobis gaudia.
  1. Long fasting hath thy body tamed,
    With many cruel stripes it bleeds,
    Though innocence exemption claimed
    For thee from penitential deeds.
  2. Then let us follow in the path
    Of John, our father and our guide;
    Who follows him, his spirit hath
    The power to curb all carnal pride.
  3. In winter’s frost thy loving care
    Provides a garment for the poor;
    For those who want thou dost prepare
    Of meat and drink a copious store.
  4. O thou who never didst deny
    Thine aid unto the suppliant’s prayer,
    Hear Christendom's and Poland’s cry,
    And save thy country from despair.
  5. Now let us chant in glad refrain
    Unto the Triune God our praise:
    O may the prayers of John obtain
    Blest joys for us in endless days.
Author: Unknown, 18th cent. Meter: Iambic dimeter. Translation by Father Wallace, O.S.B. There are four translations. Liturgical Use: Hymn for Matins on the Feast of St. John Cantius.
  1. “Thou didst subdue thy body with fasts, and with bloody blows didst lacerate it, that as an innocent soldier thou mightest follow the army of penitents.”
  2. “Let us also follow diligently in the footsteps of the good father: let us follow, that the spirit may restrain the licentiousness of the flesh.”
  3. “During the cold winter thou offerest to the poor the kindly provided garment, and with food and drink thou dost alleviate the thirst and hunger of the needy.” St. John not only gave away his food and clothing, but on one occasion at least he even gave away his shoes and walked home barefooted (Matins, Lectio V).
  4. “O thou who didst refuse assistance to no one asking for it, the Polish nation and strangers beseech thee that thou protect thy native kingdom.”
  5. “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to Thee, Holy Spirit: may the prayers of John obtain for us blessed joys.”