The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Debilis cessent elementa legis

On the Circumcision: At the First Vespers.

 From the Paris Breviary, 1736

English Translations:
Ye Legal Elements, Your Clouds of Fear Remove

Now Ancient Shadows Flee

Source: Breviarium dioecesis Lausannensis (Friburgi Helvetiorum, 1787), p. 298.

Debilis cessent elementa legis:
Sat diu mentes timor occupavit;
Fdus aeterni stabilire Jsus
    Ccepit amoris.
    Sole de vero radius , paterni
Luminis purus sine nube splendor,
Probra peccati puer ecce tinctus
    Sanguine prfert.
    Stillat excisos pueri per artus
Efficax noxas abolere sanguis:
Obligat morti pretiosa tot
    Stilla cruorem.
    Hc dies nomen tibi comparavit,
O puer, pronus quod adoret orbis;
Et simul dici, simul ipse Jesus
    Incipis esse.
    Summa laus Patri, simul qua Nato
Qui suo mundum. redimit cruore:
Par fit amborum tibi laus per omne,
    Spiritus, vum.
        Amen.

Print Page Return Home Page Close Window

If you would like to help support Hymns and Carols of Christmas, please click on the button below and make a donation.


Related Hymns and Carols