The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Linquunt tecta Magi Principis urbis

For Epiphany

Words: Charles Coffin (1676-1749), from the Paris Breviary, 1736

English Translation: From Princely Walls in Eastern Pomp Array'd
The Princely City Passing By

Source: Carolo Coffin, Hymni Sacri (Paris: Usuum Parisiensium, 1736), pp. 40-42.

    Linquunt tecta Magi Principis urbis,
Et parvę cupidis mœnia Bethlem
Votis pręcipiunt; jamque sub imo 
Spe subnixa fīdes corde triumphat. 

    O qui lętitię sensus, ut illis 
Signans rursus iter stella refulsit, 
Incumbensque domo lampade pronā 
Infantem exhibuit matris in ulnis!

    Non hīc splendet ebur, non micat aurum:
Non velat rutilans purpura corpus: 
Horrens hīc stabulum, regia; nudum 
Hīc pręsepe, thronus; purpura, panni.

    Reges pompa alios dives adornet: 
Regnantem meliłs se probat ipse 
In vili paleā, paupere cultu,
Flectens imperio corda potenti.

    Ad cunas humiles, poplite curvo, 
Pręsens in Puero numen adorant: 
Et nos ad Puerum, digna propago, 
Patrum plena fide corda feramus.

    Regi castus amor porrigat aurum; 
Castigata homini corpora, myrrham; 
Instar thuris erunt vota precesque: 
Illo thure Deum ritč fatemur.

    Qui sons luminis est, gloria Patrģ: 
Qui miro recreas lumine Gentes, 
Ęqualis tibi sit gloria, Nate: 
Amborum similis laus sit Amori.

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