The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jussu Tyranni pro fide

Hymnus 45.

For St. John's Day

English Translation:  Beloved Disciple of Thy Lord

Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), pp. 173-174.

Jussu Tyranni pro fide
    Pulsus, Johannes, exulas:
Fertur volatu libero
    Mens celsa supra sidera.

Illic revelat se tibi
    Qui mortuus vivit Deus;
Agnus salutis hostia,
    Et morte devicta Leo.

Arcana te vatem docet
    Regni sui mysteria,
Pandit cruore martyrum
    Ubique spargendam fidem.

Da, Christe, nos tecum mori,
    Tecum simul da surgere:
Terrena da contemnere,
    Amare da celestia.

Sit laus Patri, laus Filio,
    Qui nos, triumphata nece,
Ad astra secum dux vocat,
    Compar tibi laus, Spiritus.

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