The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Felix dies, quam proprio

Words: Abbé Sebastien Besnault, d. 1724

Hymnus 48.

Circumcision: Matins.

From the Paris Breviary, 1736

English Translations:
Oh, Happy Day, When First Was Poured

O Happy Day, When This Our State
Blest Day, When From The Saviour Flowed

Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), p. 176

Felix dies, quam proprio
Jesu cruore consecrat!
Felix dies, qua gestiit
Opus salutis aggredi.

Vix natus ecce lacteum
Profundit infans sanguinem :
Libamen est hoc funeris,
Amoris hoc praeludium.

lntrans in orbem, jam Patris
Mandata jussus exsequi,
Statum praeoccupat diem,
Et qua potest, fit Victima.

Quo Christus ictu laeditur,
Lex abrogata concidit:
Et incipit lex sanctior,
Mansura semper caritas.

Tu Christe, quod nbn est tuum,
Nostro recide pectore;
Inscribe nomen, intimis
Inscribe legem cordibus.

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

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