Felix Morte Tua Qui Cruciatibus

This hymn was used as the hymn for Nocturns in the Common for One Martyr in the Paris Breviary (1736).

Felix morte tua, qui cruciatibus
Cælo difficilem* rumpere amas viam*,
Et signare cruore
Quam Christo dederas fidem!

Pœnis victa quibus deficeret fides?
Tu pœnas avida mente præoccupas:
Cui non sufficit una,
Ambis innumeras neces.

Te pro lege sua magnanimum mori,
Te Christus pugilem* spectat ab æthere:
Ne succumbere possis,
Tecum prælia sustinet.

Et nos delicias, vana per otia,
Gens infida Deo, quærimus anxii:
Quid torpemus? inertes
Sanguis Martyris excitat.

Semper maxima laus ingenito Patri:
Semper laus genito maxima Filio:
Sacri nexus amoris,
Sit laus par tibi, Spiritus. Amen.

*the letter “m” is missing at the end of these words in the text as it appears in Fr. Santeul’s Hymni Sacri et Novi, 1689 edition.

Words: Fr. Jean-Baptiste de Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 12.12.7.8

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