Fac Christe Nostri Gratia

This hymn was used for Nocturns for Sundays after the Octave of the Nativity until the Presentation unless Septuagesima occurs first  in the Paris Breviary(1736).

Fac, Christe nostri gratia,
Defuncte tot laboribus,
Ut mente grata, sic piis
Hos prædicari cantibus.

Castæ parentis in sinu
Inclusus ardebas pati:
Æternus ut discas mori,
Mortale corpus induis.

Vix natus, imbellis puer,
Acuta sentis frigora;
En vile pro molli thoro
Fœnum tibi supponitur.

Amore te facis reum:
Fers sponte pœnas innocens;
Nec eximis te legibus,
Supremus ipse legifer.

Qui primus excisa cruor
E parte stillat corporis,
Membris micans ex omnibus,
Torrentis instar proruit.

Qui muero lactentes necat,
Idem tuum pectus fodit,
Et quo cadebant parvuli,
Hoc tu cadebas vulnere.

Exul Deus prompta fuga
Tuæ saluti consulis;
Intras Pharon verax Deus,
Mistus Diis mendacibus.

Qui natus es de Virgine,
Iesu, tibi sit gloria
Cum Patre, cumque Spiritu,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

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

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