The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Emergit undis et Deo

At Laudes and Vespers in the Octave of Epiphany

Words: Nicolas le Tourneaux, in the Cluniac Breviary, 1686 and the Paris Breviary, 1736

Source: John Henry Newman, Hymni Ecclesiae (Londini: Alexandrum Macmillan, 1865), pp. 54-55.




Emergit undis, et Deo
Fundit preces homo Deus:
Patet polorum regia,
Adest repente Spiritus.

Instar columbae, vertici
Illapsus insidet sacro;
Summi Patris vox personat:
Dilectus hic est Filius.

Christi dicata corpore
Sic quem lavacra consecrant,
Hic nascitur proles Dei;
Coelum precanti panditur.

Castis fit, expers sordium,
Columba simplex moribus:
Divinus hunc intus regit,
Agit, fovetque Spiritus.

O Christe, sacri gurgitis
Quos abluisti fontibus,
Tuo cruore candidos
Fac nulla labes inquinet.

Mundi scelus qui diluis,
Jesu, tibi sit gloria
Cum Patre, cumque Spiritu,
In sempiterna secula.

Music: Thomas Helmore and Thomas Morley, eds., Music of the Appendix to the Hymnal Noted. (Novello, Ewer & Co., No Date, ca. 1870), Tune #135.

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Translations Include:

"The Son Of Man From Jordan Rose," by Jackson Mason & the compilers of Hymns Ancient and Modern.

"Now Jesus Lifts His Prayer On High" from John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church, Hymnus No. 55 (1837)

"He Rises From The Wave," Isaac Williams, ed., Hymns translated from the Parisian Breviary (1839), Page 345.

"The waters cleanse not Thee, O Lord !," Lauda Syon: Ancient Latin Hymns of the English and other Churches (1857), Page 115.

In the note concerning Nicolas le Tourneaux at the excellent Cyberhymnal site, these translations of  Emergit undis et Deo were listed:

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