Tu Quem Præ Reliquis Christus Amaverat

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

Tu, quem præ reliquis Christus amaverat,
O dulces hominis deliciæ; Dei,
Curarum socius, funeris et comes,
Et testis quoque gloriæ.

Fortunate nimis, cui licitum fuit
Attrectare manu Verbum hominem Deum,
Hunc audire, oculis cernere, mutuo
Quin et colloquio frui!

Hæc dos quanta fuit, cum tibi credidit
Sensus Christus amans pectoris intimos,
Quando monte super totus homo Deus
Sese Numine vestiit?

Iesu tu placido dum recubas sinu,
Potas plena Deo vivida flumina;
Illapsu tacito se propius tuis
Numen sensibus inserit.

Ex hoc fonte Deum plenius hauseras;
Corpus destituit mens velut ebria;
Dic, cum blanda quies lumina clauserit,
Quæ cælestia videris.

O sacros aditus! O bene mutui
Hac ignota tenus gaudia pectoris!
Quæ non tela iacit divus amor sacris
His fornacibus incubans!

Hinc tu semper amans, semper amabilis:
Hinc et frontis honos, virgineus pudor;
Hinc cæleste iubar, quod superos decet,
Toto vertice funditur.

Hinc creber repetis, creber idem sonas:
Quidquid faris, Amor, sic amor imperat:
Vix sese capiens æstuat, et suis
Pectus rumpitur ignibus.

Sit laus summa Patri, summaque Filio;
Sit par, sancte, tibi gloria, Spiritus:
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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