Adeste Sanctæ Coniuges

This hymn was used as the hymn for Nocturns for the Common of Holy Women when not a Martyr in the Paris Breviary (1736).

Adeste, sanctæ Coniuges;
En illa fortis Femina,
Ornata quæ virtutibus
Inter triumphat Cælites.

Blandos ut hostes vinceret,
Hanc fortitudo vestiit:
Ut prosit intuentibus,
Cælestis ornavit decor.

Non vana pompa sæculi
Sensus fefellit, nec malis
Gliscens voluptas artibus
Virile pectus molliit.

Non illa luxu vestium,
Non crine torto splenduit:
Cultu nitens sed simplice,
Puris placebat moribus.

Se sub serenis vultibus
Austera virtus occulit:
Timet videri, ne suum,
Dum prodit, amittat decus.

Pascenda cælesti cibo,
Sacris studebat litteris;
Templo frequens, sed sedula
Redibat ad curam domus.

*Æterne tu Verbi Pater,
Æterne Fili, par Patri,
Et par utrique, Spiritus,
Tibi, Deus, sit gloria. Amen.

Words: Fr. Jean-Baptiste de Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 88.88

*The doxology used in Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae is as follows:
Agni vocans ad nuptias,
Tibi, Pater, sit gloria:
Sit æqua Nato, nec minor
Laus utriusque Flamini. Amen.

The original text of this hymn as it appears in Fr. de Santeul’s 1689 Hymni Sacri et Novi is as follows:

Iam cuncta cantu personent,
Adeste, sanctæ Coniuges;
En illa fortis Fœmina,
Inter triumphat Cælites.

Blandos ut hostes vinceret,
Hanc fortitudo vestiit:
Ut prosit intuentibus,
Cælestis ornavit decor.

Non vana pompa sæculi
Sensus fefellit, nec malis
Gliscens voluptas artibus
Virile pectus molliit.

Non illa luxu vestium,
Non crine torto splenduit:
Cultu nitens sed simplice,
Puris placebat moribus.

Se sub serenis vultibus
Austera virtus occulit:
Timet videri, ne suum,
Dum prodit, amittat decus.

Pascenda cælesti cibo,
Sacris studebat litteris;
Templo frequens, sed sedula
Redibat ad curam domus.

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