Scripture Verse

A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30


Words: Sil­vio An­to­ni­a­no, in the Ro­man Bre­vi­ary (Ven­ice, It­aly: 1603) (For­tem, vir­ili pec­to­re). Trans­lat­ed to from La­tin to Eng­lish by J. Ath­el­stan Ri­ley (1858–1945) in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1906). This hymn was in­tend­ed for a la­dy’s fun­er­al.

Music: St. Am­brose (Feill­ée) Fran­çois de la Feill­ée, Mé­thode du plain-chant 1782 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of An­to­ni­a­no or de la Feill­ée (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

J. Athelstan Riley


The praises of that saint we sing,
To whom all lands their tribute bring,
Who with indomitable heart,
Bore throughout life true woman’s heart.

Restraining every froward sense
By gentle bonds of abstinence,
With prayer her hungry souls she fed,
And thus to heavenly joys hath sped.

King Christ, from whom all virtue springs,
Who only doest wondrous things,
As now to Thee she kneels in prayer,
In mercy our petitions hear.

All praise to God the Fa­ther be,
All praise, eter­nal Son, to Thee;
Whom with the Spi­rit we adore
Forever and for­ev­er­more.