Te Lucis Ante Terminum

This hymn is used for Compline throughout the year on each weekday in both Forms of the Roman Breviary. It was also used for Compline in throughout the year except where otherwise specified in the Sarum Breviary .

Te lucis ante terminum
Rerum Creator poscimus,
Ut pro tua clementia,
Sis præsul et custodia.

Procul recedant somnia,
Et noctium phantasmata;
Hostemque nostrum comprime,
Ne polluantur corpora.

Præsta, Pater piissime,
Patrique compar Unice,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
Regnans per omne sæculum. Amen.

Words: Latin, ca. 6th C.
Tune:Te Lucis Ante Terminum” Gregorian Chant, Mode VIII, traditional.
Meter: 88.88

The hymn takes the following form in the Liber Hymnarius (1983) for the Ordinary Form (the second verse is replaced by two new verses):

Te lucis ante terminum
Rerum Creator poscimus,
Ut pro tua clementia,
Sis præsul et custodia.

Te corda nostra somnient,
Te per soporem sentiant,
Tuamque semper gloriam
Vicina luce concinant.

Vitam salubrem tribue,
Nostrum calorem refice
Tætram noctis caliginem
Tua collustret claritas.

Præsta, Pater piissime,
Patrique compar Unice,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
Regnans per omne sæculum. Amen.

This is the form the text takes in the Sarum Breviary:

Te lucis ante terminum,
Rerum Creator poscimus,
Ut solita clementia,
Sis præsul ad custodiam.

Procul recedant somnia,
Et noctium phantasmata;
Hostemque nostrum comprime,
Ne polluantur corpora.

Præsta, Pater omnipotens,
Per Iesum Christum Dominum,
Qui tecum in perpetuum
Regnat cum Sancto Spiritu. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Before the Ending of the Day
Now that the Daylight Dies Away
Now with the Fast-Departing Light

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