The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Sancte Dei pretiose

De S. Stephano.

For the Feast of St. Stephan, First Martyr
Whose feast day is December 26
See:
Hymns to St Stephen

Compare: Sancte dei pretiose - Mone
and Sancte Dei, pretiose - York Hymnal, with notes and translations with music

Words: Anonymous

Music: Not Stated

Source: Herm. Adalbert. Daniel, ed., Theasaurus Hymnologicus. Tomus Primus (Vol. 1) (Halis: Sumptibus Eduardi Anton, 1851), No. 221, p. 241.

1. Sancte Dei pretiose, protomartyr Stephane,
Qui virtute caritatis circumsultus undique
Dominum pro inimico exorasti populo.

2. Tu coelestis primitiuns signifer militiae,
Veritatis assertivus, testis primus gratiae, 5
Fundamento lapis vivus, basis patientiae.

3. Saxo caesus, non mucrone, per saxorum cuspides
Corpus membri passione circumcidi praevides,
Ad decorem sunt coronae rubricati lapides.

4. Tu coelorum primus stratam consternis lapideam, I0
Tu per Christum hebetatam primus transis rhomphaeam,
Primum granum trituratum, ditans Christi aream.

5. Tibi primum reseratae coeli patent ianuae,
Iesum vides potestate cui pugnas strenue;
Stans cum patris maiestate tecum est assidue. 15

6. Praestans genti persequenti preces pro lapidibus,
Ne rependas te petenti lapides pro precibus,
Sed indulge piae menti plus quam audet vocibus.

7. Funde preces pro devoto tibi nunc collegio
Ut tuo propitiatus interventu dominus
Nos purgator a peccatis iungat coeli civibusa.

8. [Ubi chorus beatorum laetatur spirituum,
Ubi animae iustorum claro gaudent lumine
Cernentes cum iubio regem in decore suo.]

9. Gloria et honor Deo, qni te flore roseo 25
Coronavit et locavit in throno sidereo:
'Salvet reos, solvens eos a mortis aculeo.

Note: Verses 1 and 3 found in Neale and Helmore, Hymnal Noted, Part I, #15 (1852), citing the York Hymnal.

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