Quis Te Canat Mortalium

This is a hymn for the Nativity of Our Lady & her Immaculate Conception. Fr. Caswall includes it in Lyra Catholica for the Annunciation.

This appears to be Jean-Baptiste Santeul’s original text:

Quis te canat mortalium,
Virgo Dei puerpera?
Adeste puri Spiritus,
Vestri sit illud muneris.

Quis intret augustissima
Mentis tuæ sacraria?
Dotes quis evolvet tuas,
Et territus non hæreat?

Dic, Virgo, quæ vis attrahit
Patri coævum Filium
Ab huius æterno sinu
Mortalis in matris sinum?

Ad hos honorum te gradus
Non efferet simplex fides,
Non Virginalis te pudor,
Nec igne fervens caritas.

Sed quæ sibi numquam placet
Deo placens modestia,
Qua iam tibi sis vilior
Hac digna sis mater Dei.

Quam celsa, quæ se deprimens,
Altum Tonantem deprimet!
In te , sui iam non memor,
Descendet e cælo Deus.

Sit Trinitati gloria,
Quæ , Virginem Verbo Dei
Matrem futuram consecrans,
Orbis saluti consulit. Amen.

Words: Jean-Baptiste Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 88.88

This is the text of the hymn as it appears later in Jean-Baptiste Santeul’s 1689 “Hymni Sacri Et Novi”:

Quis ore digno te canat
Virgo, Dei puerpera?
Adeste puri Spiritus,
Vestri sit illud muneris.

Quis intret augustissima
Mentis tuæ sacraria?
Dotes quis enarrans tuas,
Perterritus non hæreat?

Dic, Virgo, quæ vis traxerit
Patri coævum Filium,
De Patris æterno sinu,
Mortalis in matris sinum?

Ad hos honorum te gradus
Non virginalis te pudor,
Non extulit tantum fides,
Nec igne fervens caritas.

Sed, quæ sibi numquam placet,
Deo placens modestia:
Qua tu tibi sis vilior
Hac digna sis mater Dei.

Quam celsa! quæ se deprimens,
Altum Tonantem deprimit!
In te, sui iam non memor,
Descendet e cælo Deus.

Sit laus Patri, laus Filio,
Par sit tibi laus, Spiritus,
Per quem sacra se Felius
Infudit alvo Virginis. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
What Mortal Tongue Can Sing Thy Praise

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This entry was posted in Chant Tone Unknown, Hymns By The Greats, Jean-Baptiste de Santeul, Latin Hymns, Major Feasts, Non-English Hymns, The Annunciation (March 25), The Blessed Virgin Mary, The Church Year, The Communion of Saints, The Immaculate Conception (December 8), The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8). Bookmark the permalink.

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