Nardo Maria Pistico

This hymn is used for Matins on the Feast of St. Mary Magdalen in the Extraordinary Form.

This is the text of the hymn as used in the 1604 recension of the Roman Breviary under Pope Clement VIII:

Nardo Maria pistico
Unxit beatos Domini
Pedes, rigando lacrimis,
Et detergendo crinibus.

Honor, decus, imperium,
Sit Trinitati unicæ,
Patri, Nato, Paraclito,
Per infinita sæcula. Amen.

Words: attr. Pope St. Gregory the Great(I), 6th C.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 88.88

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

Maria castis osculis
Lambit Dei vestigia:
Fletu rigat, tergit comis,
Detersa nardo perlinit.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
Eiusque soli Filio,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito,
Nunc, et per omne sæculum. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
His Sacred Feet with Tears of Agony

This hymn is part of a larger hymn. The complete original text is as follows:

Magno salutis gaudio
Lætetur omne sæculum,
Iesus redemptor omnium
Sanavit orbem languidum.

Sex ante Paschæ ferias
Advenit in Bethaniam,
Ubi pie post triduum
Resuscitavit Lazarum.

Nardi Maria pistici
Sumpsit libram mox optimi,
Unxit beatos domini
Pedes rigando lacrimis.

Post hæc iugalis asinæ
Iesus supernus arbiter,
Pullo sedebat, inclitam
Pergebat Hierosolymam.

О quam stupenda pietas,
Mira Dei clementia:
Sessor aselli fieri
Dignatur auctor sæculi.

Olim propheta præscius
Prædixit almo spiritu:
Exulta, dicens, filia
Sion satis et iubila.

Rex ecce tuns humilis,
Noli timere, veniet:
Pullo iugalis residens,
Tibi benignus, patiens.

Ramos virentes sumpserat
Palma recisos tenera:
Turba processit obviam
Regi perenni plurima.

Cœtus sequens et prævius
Sanctoque plenus spiritu
Clamabat: in altissimis
Hosanna David filio.

Quidam solutis propriis
Viam tegebant vestibus,
Pluresque flore candido
Iter parabant domino.

Ad cuius omnis civitas
Commota ingressum tremuit;
Hebræa proles aurea
Laudes ferebat debitas.

Nos ergo tanto iudici
Curramus omnes obviam,
Palmas gerentes gloriæ
Mente canamus sobria.

Honor, decus, imperium
Sit Trinitati unicæ,
Patri, nato, paraclito
Per infinita sæcula. Amen.

 

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