Stalwart as pillars bearing high their burden,
So do the Church's doctors stay the temple
Where truth abideth, on the one Foundation
Grounded for ever.
O faithful stewards in God's holy household,
Out of your treasure new and old things bringing,
Still do your writings to the Light of ages
Souls wise and loyal to the Spirit's leading,
Bravely ye battled for the faith delivered,
While of its ageless mysteries ye furnished
Now with unclouded gaze ye are beholding
Him of whose face ye strained to catch the vision;
To whom be glory, Father, Son, and Spirit,
Through endless ages.