O Pulchras Acies Castraque Fortia

This hymn was used as the hymn for Lauds for Holy Abbots, Monastics and Cenobitics in the Common of Abbots, Monastics, Coenobitics and Anchorites in the Paris Breviary (1736).

O pulchras acies, castraque Fortia,
Quæ Spes, una Fides, unus Amor regit!
Omnes lege sub una,
Uno sub duce militant.

Heu! quantis rapiunt astra laboribus!
Pulsant perpetuis quæstibus æthera,
Per ieiunia longa
Vires corporis atterunt.

Votis unanimes, vi quoque fletuum
Instant, et socias ingeminant preces,
Et concordibus armis
Vim cælo simul inferunt.

Hæc vis grata Deo: sic amat optimus
Vinci per lacrimas, per gemitus, Pater:
Sic duris reseratur
Cælum conditionibus.

Fervent quando die cuncta tumultibus,
Altum turba silet: cætera dum tacent,
Hi per cantica rumpunt
Noctis longa silentia.

Exercet vigiles continuus labor;
Incumbunt operi non resides manus;
Tellus culta colonis
Victum suppeditat suis.

Quin regina sui mens quoque subditur,
Rectorisque studet nutibus obsequi:
Nil servat sibi iuris,
Capto liberior iugo.

*Æternus sit honos ingenito Patri:
Sit par unigenæ gloria Filio:
Sacri nexus amoris,
Laus compar tibi, Spiritus. Amen.

*this final doxology is not included in the text in Fr. Santeul’s 1689 Hymni Sacri et Novi.

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

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