Linquunt Tecta Magi Principis Urbis

This hymn was used for Lauds for Epiphany in the Paris Breviary(1736).

Linquunt tecta Magi Principis urbis,
Et parvæ cupidis mœnia Bethlem*
Votis præcipiunt; iamque sub imo
Spe subnixa fides corde triumphat.

О qui lætitiæ sensus, ut illis
Signans rursus iter stella refulsit:
Incumbensque domo lampade prona,
Infantem exhibuit matris in ulnis!

Non hic splendet ebur, non micat aurum;
Non velat rutilans purpura corpus:
Horrens hic stabulum, regia; nudum
Hic præsepe, thronus; purpura, panni.

Reges pompa alios dives adornet:
Regnantem melius se probat ipse
In vili palea, paupere cultu,
Flectens imperio corda potenti.

Ad cunas humiles poplite curvo,
Præsens in Puero numen adorant:
Et nos ad Puerum, digna propago
Patrum, plena fide corda feramus.

Regi castus amor porrigat aurum;
Castigata homini corpora, myrrham;
Instar thuris erunt vota precesque:
Illo thure Deum rite fatemur.

Qui fons luminis est, gloria Patri:
Qui miro recreas lumine Gentes,
Æqualis tibi sit gloria, Nate:
Amborum similis laus sit Amori. Amen.

Words: Fr. Charles Coffin, 1736.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 11.11.11.11

*this word is “Bethleem” in Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae.

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