The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Salue flos et decor ecclesiĉ

Also found as Salve flos et decor ecclesiae

Source: G. E. Klemming, ed., Piae Cantiones. S. Trinitas. Iesus Christus. S. Spiritus. S Maria. (1886), pp. 48-9. Primary source for many scholars, including Dreves, Woodward and others.

Salue flos et decor ecclesiĉ
Iesu Christe pie patris in palatio:
te fetentur sacrĉ prophetiĉ
lexque vitae tuĉ omni vitio;
virgo sine viro peperit te
et post virginem declarauit se,
frater Iesu Christe, qui cares initio.
Hic adest vbi periclitatur,
vere noncupatur
Portus nauigantium.
In ardore rubi prĉsignatur
et pie vocatur
pater desperantium.
Moysis hic scirpea fiscella,
prĉbens lapsis gratiarum mella,
lucens maris stella,
Via deuiantium,
subleuator pie miserorum
ad regnum cœlorum
duc nos post exilium.
Releuator pie peccatorum,
rector supernosum
da sanum consilium.
O dulcis, o clemens atque pie,
sis nobis director nostrĉ viĉ
et extremo die
fer nobis auxilium.

Note from Klemming:
"P. C. 2."
 This refers to Piae Cantiones (1582), p. 33.

Theodoric Petri, ed., Piĉ Cantiones Ecclesiasticae et Scholasticae Veterum Episcoporum. (Gyphisuualdiĉ: Augustinum Ferberum, 1582)

Sheet Music and Notes from Rev. George R. Woodward, ed., Piĉ Cantiones. A Collection of Church & School Song, chiefly Ancient Swedish, originally Published in A. D. 1582 by Theodoric Petri of Nyland. (London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for the Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1910), Carol #24, pp. 36-37, Notes 239.

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See: The Christmas Songs in Woodward's Piĉ Cantiones (1910)

Some sources of Latin hymns found in Piae Cantiones:

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