Hail Solomon’s Throne

This hymn is used for Terce in the Little Office of the Immaculate Conception.

Hail, Solomon’s Throne!
Pure Ark of the Law!
Fair Rainbow! and Bush
Which the Patriarch saw!
Hail, Gedeon’s Fleece!
Hail, blossoming Rod!
Samson’s sweet Honeycomb!
Portal of God!

Well fitting it was
That a Son so divine
Should preserve from all touch
Of Original Sin;
Nor suffer by smallest
Defect to be stain’d
That Mother, whom He
For Himself had ordain’d.

Words: The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, 15th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, C.O., 1849.
Tune: TBD…
Meter: irreg.

Here is the original Latin text of the hymn:

Salve arca fœderis,
Thronus Salomonis,
Arcus pulcher ætheris,
Rubus visionis:
Virga frondens germinis:
Vellus Gedeonis:
Porta clausa numinis,
Favusque Sampsonis.

Decebat tam nobilem
Natum, præcavere
Ab originali
Labe Matris Evæ
Almam, quam elegerat,
Genetricem vere,
Nulli prorsus sinens
Culpæ subiacere. Amen.


About Noah

musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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