Martinæ Celebri

The division of this hymn will follow Fr. Britt and Fr. Caswall. The Breviary of 1960  divides it somewhat differently. Part I is used for Vespers, Part II for Matins and Part III for Lauds on the Feast of St. Martina. This hymn is not used in the Ordinary Form.

Pars I

Martinæ celebri plaudite nomini
Cives Romulei, plaudite gloriæ:
Insignem meritis dicite Virginem,
Christi dicite Martyrem.

Hæc dum conspicuis orta parentibus
Inter delicias, inter amabiles
Luxus illecebras ditibus affluit
Faustæ muneribus domus.

Vitæ despiciens commoda, dedicat
Se rerum Domino, et munifica manu
Christi pauperibus distribuens opes,
Quærit præmia cælitum.

Pars II

Non illam crucians ungula, non feræ,
Non virgæ horribili vulnere commovent;
Hinc lapsi e Superum sedibus Angeli
Cælesti dape recreant.

Quin et deposita sævitie leo
Se rictu placido proiicit ad pedes:
Te Martina tamen dans gladius neci
Cæli cœtibus inserit.

Te, thuris redolens ara vaporibus
Quæ fumat, precibus iugiter invocat,
Et falsum perimens auspicium, tui
Delet nominis omine.

Pars III

Tu natale solum protege, tu bonæ
Da pacis requiem Christiadum plagis;
Armorum strepitus, et fera prœlia
In fines age Thracios.

Et regum socians agmina sub crucis
Vexillo, Solymas nexibus exime,
Vindexque innocui sanguinis hosticum
Robur funditus erue.

Tu nostrum columen, tu decus inclitum,
Nostrarum obsequium respice mentium;
Romæ vota libens excipe, quæ pio
Te ritu canit, et colit.

*A nobis abigas lubrica gaudia
Tu, qui Martyribus dexter ades, Deus
Une et trine: tuis da famulis iubar,
Quo clemens animos beas. Amen.

*This doxology is used at the end of each section in the Breviary.

Words: Pope Urban VIII, 1632.
Tune: Unknown…
Meter: 12.12.12.8

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Lift to the Skies, Great Rome, Martina’s Name

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