by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by David Wyatt

O sancte Sebastiane
Language: Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG
 O sancte Sebastiane,
 Semper, vespere et mane,
 Horis cunctis et momentis
 Dum adhuc sum sanae mentis,
 Me protege et conserva
 Et a me, martyr, enerva
 Infirmitatem noxiam
 Vocatem epidemiam.

Tu de peste hujusmodi
Me defende et custodi
Et omnes amicos meos,
Qui nos confitemur reos
Deo et sanctae Mariae
Et tibi, o martyr pie.

Tu Mediolanus civis
Hanc pestilentiam, si vis
Potes facere cessare
Et ad Deum impetrare
Quia a multis est scitum,
Quod de hoc habes meritum.

Zoe mutam tu sanasti
Et sanatam restaurasti
Nicostrato ejus viro,
Hoc faciens modo miro.
In agone consolabas
Martyres et promittebas
Eis sempiternam vitam
Et martyribus debitam.

 O martyr Sebastiane,
 Tu semper nobiscum mane
 Atque per tua merita
 Nos, qui sumus in hac vita,

 Custodi, sana et rege
 Et a peste nos protege
 Praesentans nos trinitati
 Et virgini sanctae matri.

 Et sic vitam finiamus,
 Quod mercedem habeamus
 Et martyrum consortium
 Et Deum videre pium.

 O quam mira refulsit gratia
 Sebastianus, martyr inclytus,
 Qui militis portans insignia,
 Sed de fratum palma sollicitus
 Confortavit corda pallencia
 Verba sibi collato caelitus.


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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "O Saint Sebastian", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-08
Line count: 50
Word count: 179

O Saint Sebastian
Language: English  after the Latin 
 O Saint Sebastian
 Always, at evening and morning,
 In all hours and moments
 While I remain of sound mind,
 Protect me and save me
 And take out of me, o martyr,
 The harmful weakness
 Called epidemic.

 From this kind of illness
 Defend and guard me
 And all my friends,
 We who confess ourselves sinners
 Before God and holy Mary
 And you, o faithful martyr.

 O citizen of Milan,
 If you wish, you can make
 This plague stop
 And obtain this from God
 Because it is well-known to many
 That you have this boon from him.

 You healed Zoe the mute
 And restored her healthy
 To her husband Nicostratus,
 Doing this in a miraculous way.
 You consoled the martyrs
 In their agony and promised 
 Them the eternal life
 Which is due to martyrs.

 O martyr Sebastian
 Remain always with us
 And through your merits
 Guard us, who are in this life,

 Heal and rule us
 And from plague protect us
 Presenting us to the Trinity
 And holy virgin mother.

 And may we end our life thus
 That we may have the prize
 And the brotherhood of martyrs
 And see our holy God.

 O how he shone with wondrous grace,
 Sebastian the famous martyr
 Who, bearing a soldier's arms
 But moved by the victory of his brothers
 Comforted their weak hearts
 By speaking to them as a heavenly messenger.


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Line count: 50
Word count: 231