The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Victis Sibi Cognomina

Hymnus 49.

Circumcision: Evensong.

From the Paris Breviary, 1736

English Translations:
Let Earthly Tyrants Title Claim
'Tis For Conquering Kings To Gain

To Earthly Kings Fresh Names Accrue

Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), p. 177.

Victis sibi cognomina
Sumant Tyranni gentibus:
Tu, Christe, quanto dignius
Ab his capis quos liberas !

Non alterum mortalibus
Ęgris quod invocent datum,
Resurgerent quo mortui,
Perenne per quod viverent.

Tanti quod illi constitit,
Toto quod emptum sanguine
Nostro ne rursus crimine
Insana gens delebimus ?

Sacro pati pro nomine
Summi sit instar muneris:
Amara non mors amplius,
Fit mors per hoc amabilis.

Tu qui vocari sustines
Jesu, salus mortalium,
Audi vocantes nos, tuo
Qui gloriamur nomine.

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

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