Adeste Cælitum Chori

This hymn was used for Nocturns for the Easter Season from Low Sunday to Ascension in the Paris Breviary (1736).

Adeste, Cælitum chori,
Lætum sonantes canticum,
Dum liber inter mortuos,
Christus sepulcrum deserit.

Frustra sepulcro milites
Apponit insanus furor:
Frustra specus gens perfida
Firmat sigillis ostium.

Inanis absistat metus:
Nemo cadaver auferet*,
Sed vi reviviscet sua
Qui sponte mortem pertulit.

Clausa, sigillis integris,
Exire spelunca potest,
Quem matris alvo Virginis
Effudit illæsus pudor.

Ridebat hunc turpi trabe
Vesana pendentem cohors:
Descendat, inquit, et Deum
Illi Patrem fatebimur.

At tu, paternis obsequens
Ad usque mortem legibus,
Orbem sacerdos victima
Toto piabas sanguine.

Non ille descendit cruce;
Plus fecit: ecce mortuus
Se reddit ipse lumini,
Deo natum iam credite.

Da, Christe, nos tecum mori;
Tecum simul da surgere:
Terrena da contemnere;
Amare da cælestia.

Sit laus Patri; laus Filio,
Qui nos, triumphata nece,
Ad astra secum dux vocat:
Compar tibi laus, Spiritus. Amen.

Words: Fr. Nicolas le Tourneux, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown.

Meter: 88.88

*This line is “Hinc nemo corpus auferet” in Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae.

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