The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Quâ lapsu tacito stella loquacibus

For Epiphany

Words: Charles Coffin (1676-1749), from the Paris Breviary, 1736

English Translations: The Star Before Doth Stilly Glide
The Beauteous Star That Beams On High

Source: Carolo (Charles) Coffin, Hymni Sacri (Paris: Usuum Parisiensium, 1736), pp. 39-40.

    Quâ lapsu tacito stella loquacibus
Scintellat radiis, huc oculis Magi, 
Huc desideriishuc rapidis simul 
    Cerrant tendere passibus.

    Ut ventum Solymam, non sine numine
Lætam stella facem, proh dolor ! occulit;
Incertosque viæ, ceu medio vagam 
    Cursu destituit ratem.

    Illi, nil rabiem princípis, invidas 
Nil artes veriti ( tanta animis fides! ) 
Urbis per trepidæ compita prædicant 
    Regem quærere se novum.

    Nec vos irrita spes decipiet, Magi: 
Quò divina vocat pagina, tendite: 
Illic, quem sua plebs respuit, exteris 
    Regem nosse Deum datur.

    Sit laus summa Patri, summaque Filio: 
Amborum sit idem Spiritui decus, 
Qui, dum stella pedes prævia dirigit, 
    Dux mentem melior monet.

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