The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Molles In Agnos Ceu Lupus

Hymnus 47.

Innocents' Day: Evensong.

From the Paris Breviary, 1736

See The Hymns Of The Holy Innocents

English Translation: As Wolves Attack Their Helpless Prey

Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), p. 175.

Molles in agnos ceu lupus,
Amens Tyraunus irruit;
Et destinat promiscua
In strage Christum perdere.

Cunaa redundant sanguine
Sed in Deum frustra furit:
Unum petit tot mortibus
Mortes tot unus effugit.

Matres, querelis parcite:
Quid rapta fletis pignora?
Agnum salutis obsidem
Denso sequuntur agmine.

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

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