Festum Matris Gloriosæ

This hymn was used for Vespers on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (July 2 at that time) in the Sarum Breviary.

Festum Matris Gloriosæ
Plebs sancta concelebret,
Pietates viscerosæ
Gratiam expostulet,
Quam cognata copiose
Sensit hic Elizabeth.

Fœcundare senectutis
Sterilem aggreditur,
Quæ divinæ iam virtutis*
Mater clam efficitur,
Gratulatur cum salutis
Consortem alloquitur.

Vox** non loquens exultavit
Ad Verbi præsentiam,
Sed Elizabeth expavit
Matris excellentiam,
Benedictam quæ clamavit
Fructus affluentiam.

Unde mihi quisquam*** putet
Hoc, ait, præsagium?
Ut devote me salutet
Mater Regis omnium,
Ventris mei fructum mutet
In novum tripudium;

Virgo dum sic commendatur,
Canticum lætitiæ
Psallens, pure gloriatur
In Auctore**** gratiæ,
Quo beata predicatur
In omni progenie.

Trine Deus, Summe, Pie,
Regnans æternaliter,
Prece Virginis Mariæ
Nos conserva iugiter,
Ut post finem huius vitæ,
Vivamus perenniter. Amen.

Words: Anonymous, 15th C., from the Sarum Breviary.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 87.87.87

The Hymnale Secundum Usum Insignis Ac Praeclarae Ecclesiae Sarisburiensis (1850) has the following variations of the text of this hymn:
*virtutes

**Mox
***quisque
****amore

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Now in Holy Celebration

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