Pastore Percusso Minas

This hymn was used for Vespers I & II for the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25) in the Paris Breviary(1736).

Pastore percusso, minas
Spirabat et cædes lupus;
Sparsumque vastabat gregem,
Te, Christe, Saulus nesciens.

Et iam catenas stringere,
Ferox parabat, iam cruces;
Sed o! repente sternitur,
Verboque perculsus ruit.

Quid, Saule, Saule, quid struis?
Agnosce victricem manum:
Cælo reluctari nefas;
Absiste Iesum persequi.

Iam tendit imbelles manus;
Iam colla submittit iugo:
Stupens iacet, clamat tremens:
Quid, Christe, quid victor iubes?

Ex hoste miles, ex lupo
Agnus, gregi se devovet;
Et raptor ipse nobili
Raptus triumpho ducitur.

О celsa cedrorum, Deus,
Qui voce vertis culmina!
O qui potenti subiicis
Mentes superbas gratiæ!

Tu, Pastor, infensas tuo
Vires ovili contere;
Et nostra, si quid devium,
Ad te reflecte pectora.

Uni sit et trino Deo
Suprema laus, summum decus,
De nocte qui nos ad suæ
Lumen vocavit gloriæ. Amen.

Words: Bishop Guillaume de La Brunetière du Plessis-Gesté, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 88.88

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
The Shepherd Now Was Smitten
The Shepherd Slain, the Wolf Returns

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