The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

De radice processerat

For Christmas

Words and Music: Medieval Latin Hymn

See: Theodoric Petri, ed., Piae Cantiones Ecclesiastic Et Scholasticae Et Scholasticae Vetervm Episcoporum. (Gyphisuualdi: Augustinum Ferberum, 1582).

Source: Rev. George R. Woodward, ed., Pi Cantiones. A Collection of Church & School Song. (London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for the Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1910) , #53, pp.92-3. See: Christmas Songs in Woodward's Pi Cantiones (1910)

De radice processerat | Iesse virga mirifica.
Qu mirum florem gesserat | fcunda vi Deifica:
Huius virg mysterium | si sane vis percipere,
Virginis puerperium | tu debes intelligere.

Flos Christus est in seculo, | dans odorem sauiter
& in cli rosario | coruscans ternaliter.

In fructum flos conuertitur | gustando salutiferum,
Hoc est corpus [meum] dum | loquitur natus ante luciferum.
Granum, de cuius fructibus | egens turba reficitur,
Christus pro nobis omnibus | cadens in terra moritur.

Flos Christus est in seculo, | dans odorem sauiter
Et in cli rosario | coruscans ternaliter.

Theodoric Petri, ed., Pi Cantiones Ecclesiasticae et Scholasticae Veterum Episcoporum. (Gyphisuualdi: Augustinum Ferberum, 1582)

Sheet Music and Notes from Rev. George R. Woodward, ed., Pi Cantiones. A Collection of Church & School Song, chiefly Ancient Swedish, originally Published in A. D. 1582 by Theodoric Petri of Nyland. (London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for the Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1910), Carol #53, pp. 91-2, Notes 254.

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See: The Christmas Songs in Woodward's Pi Cantiones (1910)

Also found in:

Woodward's Note for #LIII, De Radice Processerat, p. 254.

Reprinted from Pi Cantiones in Klemming, II, p. 18; and in Dreves 'Anal. Hymnica,' XLVb, No. 168, p. 135.

In the second line of the refrain, 'Flos Chriftus est,' 'Anal. Hymnica' wrongly reads veraciter for suauiter. In Stanza II, in the phrase, 'Hoc est corpus meum,' 'meum' is extra metrum.

Apparently a Lydian mode Melody with B moll.

Editor's Note.

Extra metrum is an extra word or syllable that does not fit in the metric scheme for that line in a song or poem because it is in excess, more than expected. For example, if I was writing a poem consisting of three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables each, and if the last line consisted of 6 syllables, that would be extra medium.

Sources referred to in Woodward's text:

Additional sources of Latin hymns found in Piae Cantiones:

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