Latinised Hymns

He that is down needs fear no fall

He that is down needs fear no fall,
He that is low no pride;
He that is humble ever shall
Have God to be his guide.

I am content with what I have,
Little be it or much;
And, Lord, contentment still I crave,
Because thou savest such.

Fullness to such a burden is
That go on pilgrimage;
Here little, and hereafter bliss,
Is best from age to age.


Deiectus casum non timet
neque superbiam,
Deusque semper diriget
summissam animam.

Seu pauper sive locuples,
contentus ego sum
eroque; nempe, Deus, es
salvator talium.

Imponit rerum copia
viantibus moras:
viventi sit inopia
et post felicitas.

MM 30–31.1.97