Missus Gabriel De Cælis

This hymn was used in the Sarum Missal for the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Missus Gabriel de cælis,
Verbi baiulus fidelis,
Sacris disserit loquelis
Cum beata Virgine.
Verbum bonum et suave
Pandit intus in conclave,
Et ex Eva format* Ave,
Evæ verso nomine.

Consequenter iuxta pactum
Adest Verbum caro factum:
Semper tamen est intactum
Virginale** gremium.
Patrem pariens ignorat,
Et, quam homo non deflorat,
Nec torquetur nec laborat
Quando parit Filium.

Signum audis novitatis:
Crede tantum et est satis:
Non est tuæ facultatis
Solvere corrigiam.
Grande signum et insigne
Est in rubo et in igne;
Ne appropiet indigne
Calceatus quispiam.

Virga sicca sine rore,
Novo ritu, novo more,
Fructum protulit cum flore;
Sic et Virgo peperit.
Benedictus talis fructus;
Fructus gaudii, non luctus;
Non erat Adam*** seductus
Ex hoc si gustaverit.

Iesus noster, Iesus bonus,
Piæ matris pium onus,
Cuius est in cælo thronus,
Nascitur in stabulo.
Qui sic est pro nobis natus
Nostros deleat reatus:
Quia noster incolatus
Hic est in periculo. Amen.

Words: attr. Adam of St. Victor, 12th C.
Chant Tone: Unknown
Alternate Tune:Quem Pastores” German Carol Melody, 14th C.
Meter: 88.87D

John Mason Neale notes the following variations in the text in his “Sequentiae ex Missalibus” of 1852.
*Sarum Missal has “formans”
**Sarum Missal has “puellare”
***Angers Missal has “Non erit homo”

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Gabriel, from the Heaven Descending

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