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Quae dixit, egit, pertulit

For St. John's the Evangelist's Day, Dec. 27
See Hymns For St. John The Evangelist.

Words: Anonymous Latin Hymn from the Cluny Breviary, 1686
Translated by Edward Caswall, The Life, Which God's Incarnate Word (often altered)

Source: Hymni Latini. (London: William Clowes and Sons, 1906), #29, pp. 23-24.

1. Quae dixit, egit, pertulit
Verbum Dei factum caro,
scriptis viri caelestibus
tres 1 illa mundo nuntiant.

2. sublimis omnes transvolat,
et raptus ad sedem Patris,
quod est apud Deum Deus,
Verbum 2 Iohannes praedicat.

3. Christi recumbens in sinu 3
his haurit alte fontibus,
his et fiuentis ebrius
eructat orbi quod bibit.

4. quas e beato pectore
flammas amoris concipit,
vox hinc amorem personat,
spirant amorem panginae. 4

5. o care Christo, qui cruci
te fixus heredem vocat,
tibique virgo virgini
matrem reliquit virginem.

6. qui natus es de virgine,
Iesu, tibi sit gloria
cum Patre cumque Spiritu
in sempiterna saecula, Amen.

Footnotes from L.C. Biggs, ed., Hymns Ancient and Modern (London: Novello & Co., 1867), #51, pp. 62-63.

1. Matt. 1. 1. Mark 1. 9. Luke 3. 23. Compare the Fifth Bampton Lecture for 1866, by the Rev. H. P. Liddon.

2. John 1.1.

3. John 13:23 ; John 21:20. See Hymn 52 ["Word Supreme, before creation"], verse 3 [which begins "He, upon Thy Bosom lying,"].

4. Compare especially S. John's First and Second Epistles. One verse of the original, commemorating the charge of the Blessed Virgin given to S. John, is here omitted.

Editor's Note.

Most sources that we found omit the fifth verse.

Note from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology. Second Revised Edition with New Supplement. (1892, 1907), p. 947.

Quae dixit, egit, pertulit. [St. John the Evangelist.] Included in the Cluniac Breviary, Paris, 1686, p. 187, in 5 stanzas and a doxology, as the hymn at Matins on the Festival of St. John the Evangelist; in the Orleans Breviary, 1693, it is assigned to Lauds.

Translated as :

The life which God's Incarnate Word. By Edward Caswall, in his Lyra Catholica, 1849, p. 287, and his Hymns and Poems, 1873, p. 194, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It passed into Murray's Hymnal, 1852, and the Scottish Episco. Hymns, 1858, each with alterations peculiar to itself. In Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861 and 1875, stanza v. is omitted ; stanzas ii. and vi. are rewritten, and stanza iii. is altered. This text, again slightly altered, is in Kennedy, 1863, and the Hymnary, 1872. In Rorison's Hymns and Anthems, 1851, it begins, "Three holy Gospels tell in turn." [J. M.]

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