Quos In Hostes, Saule, Tendis?

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

Quos in hostes, Saule, tendis?
Quo furore percitus?
Immolare quid tot ardes
Innocentes victimas?
Insequendo quem lacessis,
Senties mox vindicem.

Christus instat; impotentem
Cæcat, urget; deiicit:
Ille cedit imperanti,
Seque totum subiicit:
Insecutor ante Christi,
Præco Christum personat.

Ante plenus qui minarum
Præparabat vincula,
Nunc tremens, nec iam rebellis,
Per manus deducitur:
Qui lupus rapax furebat,
Nunc in agnum vertitur.

Dura, Christe, quam potenti
Corda versas dextera!
Qui tuum delere nomen
Vult tuorum sanguine,
Universum mox per orbem
Ipse clarabit suo.

Sit suprema laus Parenti,
Qui creavit omnia:
Filioque qui redemit
Morte nos volens sua:
Par et illi, cuius almo
Confovemur halitu. Amen.

Words: Jean-Baptiste de Santeul, 1689.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 87.87.87

Here is the original text of this hymn from Fr. de Santeul’s 1689 book Hymni Sacri et Novi:

Saule, tendis quos in hostes,
Quo furore percitus?
Immolare quid tot ardes
Innocentes victimas?
Insequendo quem lacessis ,
Senties mox vindicem.

Christus instat; impotentem
Cæcat, urget, deiicit.
Ille cedit imperanti,
Seque totum subiicit,
Persecutor ante Christi,
Praeco Christum personat.

Ante, plenus qui minarum
Præparabat vincula,
Nunc tremens, nec iam rebellis
Per manus deducitur.
Qui lupus rapax furebat
Nunc in agnum vertitur.

Dura, Christe, quam potenti
Corda versas dextera!
Qui tuum delere nomen
Vult tuorum sanguine,
Universum mox per orbem
Ipse clarabit suo.

Sit suprema laus Parenti,
Qui creavit omnia:
Filioque, qui redemit
Morte nos volens sua:
Par et illi, cuius almo
Recreamur halitu.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
‘Gainst What Foemen Art Thou Rushing

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