Iesu Corona Virginum

This hymn is used for Vespers and Lauds in the Common of a Virgins in the Both Forms of the Roman Breviary (Though in the Ordinary Form it’s use for Lauds is for Multiple Virgins only). It was also used for Lauds and Vespers II for the Common of Virgins in the Sarum Breviary.

Iesu, Corona Virginum,
Quem mater illa concipit,
Quæ sola Virgo parturit,
Hæc vota clemens accipe.

Qui pascis inter lilia,
Septus choreis virginum,
Sponsus decorus gloria,
Sponsisque* reddens præmia.

Quocumque pergis, Virgines
Sequuntur, atque laudibus
Post te canentes cursitant,
Hymnosque dulces personant.

Te deprecamur largius**,
Nostris adauge sensibus,
Nescire prorsus omnia
Corruptionis vulnera.

[*]Laus, honor, virtus, gloria,
Deo Patri, et Filio,
Sancto simul Paraclito,
In sæculorum sæcula. Amen.

Words: attr. St. Ambrose, 4th C.
Tune:Iesu Corona Virginum” Gregorian Chant, Mode VIII, traditional.
Meter: 88.88

The text in the Hymnale Secundum Usum Insignis Ac Praeclarae Ecclesiae Sarisburiensis (1850) contains the following variations:
*Sponsique
**supplices

[*]The Sarum Breviary uses the following closing doxology instead:

Deo Patri sit Gloria
Eiusque soli Filio,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
Et nunc et in perpetuum. Amen.

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

Iesu, corona Virginum,
Quem mater illa concipit,
Quæ sola Virgo parturit,
Hæc vota clemens accipe.

Qui pergis inter lilia,
Septus choreis Virginum,
Sponsus decorus gloria,
Sponsisque reddens præmia.

Quocumque tendis, Virgines
Sequuntur, atque laudibus
Post te canentes cursitant,
Hymnosque dulces personant.

Te deprecamur supplices,
Nostris ut addas sensibus,
Nescire prorsus omnia
Corruptionis vulnera.

Virtus, honor, laus, gloria,
Deo Patri, cum Filio,
Sancto simul Paraclito,
In sæculorum sæcula. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Thou Crown of All the Virgin Choir!

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