This hymn is usually attributed to Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-604), though some ascribe the hymn to Alcuin. In the Roman Breviary this hymn is used at Sunday Matins on the fourth and subsequent Sundays after Pentecost through September 27. In the Liturgia Horarum it is used for the Office of the Readings on Tuesdays during the second and fourth weeks of the Psalter during Ordinary Time.
| NOCTE surgentes vigilemus omnes,
semper in psalmis meditemur atque
viribus totis Domino canamus
| NOW from the slumbers of the night arising,
chant we the holy psalmody of David,
hymns to our Master, with a voice concordant,
| Ut, pio regi pariter canentes,
cum suis sanctis mereamur aulam
ingredi caeli, simul et beatam
| So may out Monarch pitifully hear us,
that we may merit with His Saints to enter
mansions eternal, there withal possessing
| Praestet hoc nobis Deitas beata
Patris ac Nati, pariterque Sancti
Spiritus, cuius resonat per omnem
gloria mundum. Amen.
| This be our portion, God forever blessed,
Father eternal, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Whose i s the glory, which through all creation
ever resoundeth. Amen.
|From the Liturgia Horarum, Translation based upon The Hymner.|