CVm beatus Ignatius damnatus esset ad bestias
et ardore patiendi rugientes
audirent leones ait
frumentum Christi sum
dentibus bestiarum molar
ut panis mundus inueniar.
IGnis. Crux bestie confractio ossium
membrorum diuisio et totius corporis contritio
et tota tormenta diaboli in me ueniant
tantum ut Christo fruar.
When blessed Ignatius was condemned to the beasts,
And in his eagerness for suffering,
He heard the roaring lions, he said:
“I am the wheat of Christ,
May I be ground by the teeth of beasts,
So that I may be found to be fine bread.”
Let fire, cross, the beasts’ shattering of my bones,
The dividing of my limbs, the grinding of my whole body,
And all the torments of the Devil come upon me,
That I may delight in Christ all the more.
[Source: Eric Rice]