The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Clamantis ecce vox sonans

For the Epiphany

Words: Vespers Hymn from the Paris Breviary, by Nicholas le Tourneux, Seventeenth Century.

Translation: Hark In The Wilderness. An imitation. Robert Campbell, of Sherrington

John Henry Newman, Hymni ecclesiae (Publisher: Londini : Alexandrum MacMillan, 1865), pp. 52-53.

Clamantis ecce vox sonans
Deserta Judaeae quatit:
Mox ad Joannem confluunt,
Quos criminum moles gravat.

En ipse permistus reis
Accedit Agnus innocens;
Agnus suo qui sanguine
Piabit orbis crimina.

Sub nube carnis at suum
Lucerna Solem detegit;
Lymphis nec audet tingere,
A quo lavari debuit.

Parere sed fas est Deo,
Vel quando sese deprimit:
Hunc omne virtutum genus
Implere nempe sic decet.

Agnosce, Praecursor, tibi
Intus revelat quem Deus:
Tu mergis undis corpora,
Hic corda mundat Spiritu.

Mundi scelus qui diluis,
Jesu, tibi sit gloria
Cum Patre, cumque Spiritu,
In sempiterna secula.

Also found in John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), Hymnus 54, p. 182.

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