Quem Nox, Quem Tenebræ, Densaque Nubila

This hymn was used for Lauds on the Feast of St. John the Apostle & Evangelist in the Paris Breviary(1736).

Quem nox, quem tenebræ, densaque nubila
Circumfusa tegunt lumine splendidum,
Imbelles oculos terrificis Deus
Ne fulgoribus obruat.

O dilecte Deo, quam tibi clarius,
Dum tu vivis adhuc, se dedit aspici!
Tu secreta Dei, mentis et intimæ
Rimaris penetralia.

Ceu pennis aquilæ, raptus in æthera
Cælum mente petis, sidera transvolas;
Nil obstant rutili fulgura luminis,
Nudo Numine pasceris.

Æterno genitum de Patre Filium,
Dempta nube, vides, eque Deo Deum
Descendisse sacros de patrio sinu
Castæ Virginis in sinus.

In nos hoc potuit tantus amor Dei!
Terris ipse sui numinis immemor,
Nobis factus homo, se facit exulem,
Ut cælo trahat exules.

Per te sacra patent abdita vatibus:
Quæ lux in tenebris fulgeat, indicas:
A quo vita fluit, principium petis,
Et primordia luminis.

Patri maxima laus, maxima Filio,
Amborumque sacro maxima Flamini:
Hæc est certa fides, fontibus e tuis
Quam divinitus hausimus. Amen.

Words: Jean-Baptiste Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 12.12.12.8

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