Iussu Tyranni Pro Fide

This is a hymn for the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. It was also used in the Paris Breviary for Lauds on the Feast of St. John the Apostle Before the Latin Gate (May 6.)

Iussu Tyranni pro fide
Pulsus, Iohannes, exulas:
Fertur volatu libero
Mens celsa supra sidera.

Illic revelat se tibi
Qui mortuus vivit Deus;
Agnus salutis hostia,
Et morte devicta leo.

Arcana te vatem docet
Regni sui mysteria,
Pandit cruore Martyrum
Ubique spargendam fidem.

Da, Christe, nos tecum mori,
Tecum simul da surgere:
Terrena da contemnere,
Amare da cælestia.

Sit laus Patri, laus Filio,
Qui nos, triumphata nece,
Ad astra secum dux vocat,
Compar tibi laus, Spiritus. Amen.

Words: Fr. Nicolas le Tourneux, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 8.8.8.8

Here is the longer text of this hymn as it appeared in the Carcassonne Breviary. It is from this version that Fr. Caswall made his translation that appeared in the Lyra Catholica (1849):

Iussu Tyranni pro fide
Pulsus, Ioannes, exulas:
Fertur volatu libero
Mens celsa supra sidera.

Illic revelat se tibi
Qui mortuus vivit Deus,
Agnus salutis hostia,
Et morte devicta leo.

Arcana te vatem docet
Regni sui mysteria,
Pandit cruore Martyrum
Ubique spargendam fidem.

Urbem novam, sponsam Dei,
Sponsi nitentem lumine,
Puris refertam gaudiis
Quam mente læta conspicis!

Fontes ad Agni lucidos,
Agno iubente nos vocas;
O si sitire det Deus
Gratis bibenda flumina!

Uni sit et trino Deo
Suprema laus, summum decus,
De nocte qui nos ad suæ,
Lumen vocavit gloriæ. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
An Exile for the Faith
Beloved Disciple of Thy Lord

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