Ecce Iam Noctis

This hymn is for Lauds on Sundays from Epiphany until Lent and from the Octave of Pentecost to September 28 in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Breviary. In the Ordinary Form, this hymn is for Lauds/Morning Prayer on Sundays II & IV in Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form. It was also used as the hymn for Sunday Lauds on weeks after Pentecost in the Sarum Breviary

Ecce iam noctis tenuatur umbra
Lucis aurora rutilans coruscat;
Nisibus totis rogitemus omnes
Cunctipotentem.

Ut Deus, nostri miseratus, omnem
Pellat angorem*, tribuat salutem,
Donet et nobis pietate Patris
Regna polorum.

Præstet hoc nobis Deitas beata
Patris ac Nati, pariterque Sancti
**Spiritus, cuius resonat per omnem
Gloria mundum. Amen.

Words: Attr. Pope St. Gregory the Great (I), 6th C.{*}
Tune:Ecce Iam Noctis” Gregorian Chant, Mode IV, traditional.

*This word is “languorem” in the Sarum Breviary.
**The last two lines of this verse read as follows in the Sarum Breviary:
Spiritus, cuius reboat in omni
Gloria mundo. Amen.

{*}The Liber Hymnarius indicates the author may be Alcuin (8th C.).

This hymn takes the following form in Pope Urban VIII’s 1632 reform of the Breviary:

Ecce iam noctis tenuatur umbra
Lux et auroræ rutilans coruscat:
Supplices rerum Dominum canora
Voce precemur.

Ut reos culpæ miseratus, omnem
Pellat angorem, tribuat salutem,
Donet et nobis sempiternæ
Munera pacis.

Præstet hoc nobis Deitas beata
Patris ac Nati, pariterque Sancti
Spiritus, cuius resonat per omnem
Gloria mundum. Amen.

This hymn is translated into English as the following:
Lo, Fainter Now Lie Spread the Shades of Night
Now When the Dusky Shades of Night

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