Ardet Deo Quæ Femina

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

Ardet Deo quæ Femina*,
Latere frustra cogitat:
Quot indigos hæc sublevat,
Tot proditur præconibus.

Prodesse quærit omnibus,
Curis honestis anxia;
Patrona, custos virginum,
Secunda mater orphanis.

Pannis latentem vilibus
Christum fovebat hospitem:
Quas dura subtraxit sibi,
Opes refundit prodiga.

Pacem domi, pacem foris
Alto colit silentio:
Lites amat componere,
Ut una mens sit omnibus.

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

*This word is spelled “Fœmina” in Fr. de Santeul’s text in his 1689 Hymni Sacri et Novi.

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

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
The Loving Heart, the Bounteous Hand


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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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