Audit Tyrannus Anxius

This hymn is used in the Office for the Feast of the Holy Innocents. In the Extrordinary Form, Part I is used for Matins and Part II for Lauds and Vespers. In the Ordinary form the entire hymn is used for Lauds.

Pars I

Audit tyrannus anxius
Adesse regum principem,
Qui nomen Israel regat
Teneatque David regiam.

Exclamat amens nuntio:
“Successor instat, pellimur;
Satelles, i, ferrum rape,
Perfunde cunas sanguine!”

Quo proficit tantum nefas?
Quid crimen Herodem iuvat?
Unus tot inter funera
Impune Christus tollitur.

Pars II

Salvete, flores martyrum,
Quos lucis ipso in limine
Christi insecutor sustulit
Ceu turbo nascentes rosas.

Vos prima Christi victima,
Grex immolatorum tener,
Aram sub ipsam simplices
Palma et coronis luditis.

*Iesu, tibi sit gloria,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Cum Patre et almo Spiritu,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

Words: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, 5th C.
Tune:Audit Tyrannus Anxius” Gregorian Chant, Mode VI, traditional.

*This doxology is used at the end of Part I as well when it is sung as a separate hymn in the Extraordinary Form.

This altered text of the hymn was used for Nocturns and Vespers on the Feast of the Holy Innocents in the Paris Breviary (1736):

Salvete, flores Martyrum,
In lucis ipso limine
Quos sævus ensis messuit,
Ceu turbo nascentes rosas.

Vos prima Christi victima,
Grex immolatorum tener,
Aram sub ipsam simplices
Palma et coronis luditis.

Quid proficit tantum nefas?
Quid crimen Herodem iuvat?
Unus tot inter funera
Impune Christus tollitur.

Inter coævi sanguinis
Fluenta, solus integer,
Ferrum, quod orbabat nurus,
Partus fefellit Virginis.

Sic dira regis impii
Edicta quondam fugerat,
Christi figuram præferens,
Moses receptor civium.

Qui natus es de Virgine,
Iesu, tibi sit gloria
Cum Patre, cumque Spiritu,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

This is part of a larger text which will be provided once I am able to track it down.

This hymn/these hymns has/have been translated into English as the following:
Hail, Infant Martyrs, New-Born Victims, Hail!
Lovely Flowers of Martyrs, Hail!
When It Reach’d the Tyrant’s Ear

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This entry was posted in Ancient & Mediaeval Hymns, Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, Christmas, Evening Prayer / Vespers, Hymns By The Greats, Latin Hymns, Matins/Office of Readings, Morning Prayer/Lauds, Non-English Hymns, Paris Breviary, Roman Breviary, The Church Year, The Feast Of The Holy Innocents (December 28), The Liturgy of Hours/Breviary. Bookmark the permalink.

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