The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Verbum Quod Ante Secula

Hymnus 50.

Sunday After Circumcision: Nocturn

Compare: Verbum quod ante secula (John Freeman Young)

English Translation: The Word, Who Dwelt Above The Skies

Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), p. 178.

Verbum quod ante secula
    Sinu paterno nasceris,
Recens homo sub tempore
    E virginis prodis sinu.

Jam dura discis perpeti
    Quae ferre par sontes fuit:
Orbis saluti, fletibus
    Preludis in cunis puer.

Fis pauper, indigentia
    Nos et tua detescimus:
Luges, tuis et lacrymis
    Totum lavas mundi scelus.

Pannis opertus vilibus
    Lates, recumbens in specu:
Homo, superbis, et Deum
    Panni, specus, non dedecent?

A Patre missus, perditi
    Qui factus es mundi salus,
Jesu, perire ne sinas
    Tot quos emis laboribus.

Qui natus es de Virgine,
    Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Cum Patre, cumque Spiritu,
    In sempiterna secula.

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