The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christus Tenebris Obsitam

Hymnus 52.

Circumcision: Evensong.

 From the Paris Breviary, 1736

English Translation: Through Judah's Land The Saviour Walks

Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), p. 180.

Christus tenebris obsitam
    Lustrando Judaeam docet:
Gens obstinato pectore
    Christum docentem respuit.

Sese Deum signis probata
    Surgunt sepulcris corpora:
Erepta muto vox redit,
    Claudo gradus, caeco dies.

Gens dura, flecti nescia,
    Aures sacris sennonibus
Obturat, et solem fugit,
    Amore noctis perdita.

Nos lumen ambimus, Patris
    In quo refulget claritas:
Ne mentibus subrepere
    Tetram sinas caliginem.

Nunquam recedas a piis
    Lux sempiterna cordibus;
Te veritate fulgeant,
    Te caritate ferveant.

Qui natus es de Virgine
    Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Cum Patre, cumque Spiritu.
    In sempiterna secula.

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