The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Audit tyránnus ánxius

For Laudes matutinæ on The Feast of the Holy Innocents (SS. Innocentium, Martyrum)

Source: Liturgia Horarum (The Liturgy of the Hours)

HYMNUS

1 Audit tyránnus ánxius
adésse regum príncipem,
qui nomen Israel regat
teneátque David régiam.

2 Exclámat amens núntio:
"Succéssor instat, péllimur;
satélles, i, ferrum rape,
perfúnde cunas sánguine!"

3 Quo próficit tantum nefas?
Quid crimen Heródem iuvat?
Unus tot inter fúnera
impúne Christus tóllitur.

4 Salvéte, flores mártyrum,
quos lucis ipso in límine
Christi insecútor sústulit
ceu turbo nascéntes rosas.

5 Vos prima Christi víctima,
grex immolatórum tener,
aram sub ipsam símplices
palma et corónis lúditis.

6 Iesu, tibi sit glória,
qui natus es de Vírgine,
cum Patre et almo Spíritu,
in sempitérna sæcula. Amen.

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