Verbum Quod Ante Sæcula

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

Verbum quod ante sæcula
Sinu paterno nasceris,
Recens homo sub tempore
E Virginis prodis sinu.

Fatale rumpis vinculum,
Quo nos Adamus nexuit:
Reddis quod ille perdidit :
Spes illa tecum nascitur.

Iam dura discis perpeti
Quæ ferre par sontes fuit:
Orbis saluti, fletibus
Præludis in cunis puer.

Fis pauper, indigentia
Et nos tua ditescimus:
Luges; tuis et lacrimis
Totum lavas mundi scelus.

Pannis opertus vilibus
Lates, recumbens in specu:
Homo, superbis! et Deum
Panni, specus non dedecent.

A Patre missus, perditi
Qui factus es mundi salus,
Iesu, petire non* sinas
Tot quos emis laboribus.

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

Words: Paris Breviary, 1736.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 88.88

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

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
The Word, Who Dwelt Above the Skies

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