The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Salue flos et decor ecclesiŠ

Also found as Salve flos et decor ecclesiae

Source: G. E. Klemming, ed., Piae Cantiones. S. Trinitas. Iesus Christus. S. Spiritus. S Maria. (1886), pp. 48-9. Primary source for many scholars, including Dreves, Woodward and others.

Salue flos et decor ecclesiŠ
Iesu Christe pie patris in palatio:
te fetentur sacrŠ prophetiŠ
lexque vitae tuŠ omni vitio;
virgo sine viro peperit te
et post virginem declarauit se,
frater Iesu Christe, qui cares initio.
Hic adest vbi periclitatur,
vere noncupatur
Portus nauigantium.
In ardore rubi prŠsignatur
et pie vocatur
pater desperantium.
Moysis hic scirpea fiscella,
prŠbens lapsis gratiarum mella,
lucens maris stella,
Via deuiantium,
subleuator pie miserorum
ad regnum cťlorum
duc nos post exilium.
Releuator pie peccatorum,
rector supernosum
da sanum consilium.
O dulcis, o clemens atque pie,
sis nobis director nostrŠ viŠ
et extremo die
fer nobis auxilium.

Note from Klemming:
"P. C. 2."
 This refers to Piae Cantiones (1582), p. 33.

Theodoric Petri, ed., PiŠ Cantiones Ecclesiasticae et Scholasticae Veterum Episcoporum. (GyphisuualdiŠ: Augustinum Ferberum, 1582)

Sheet Music and Notes from Rev. George R. Woodward, ed., PiŠ Cantiones. A Collection of Church & School Song, chiefly Ancient Swedish, originally Published in A. D. 1582 by Theodoric Petri of Nyland. (London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for the Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1910), Carol #24, pp. 36-37, Notes 239.

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See: The Christmas Songs in Woodward's PiŠ Cantiones (1910)

Some sources of Latin hymns found in Piae Cantiones:

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