Forti Tegente Brachio

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

Forti tegente brachio,
Evasimus rubrum mare,
Tandemque durum perfidi
Iugum tyranni fregimus.

Nunc ergo lætas vindici
Grates rependamus Deo;
Agnique mensam candidis
Cingamus ornati stolis.

Huius sacrato corpore,
Amoris igne fervidi,
Vescamur atque sanguine:
Vescendo, vivimus Deo.

Iam Pascha nostrum Christus est,
Hic agnus, hæc est victima,
Cruore cuius illitos
Transmittit* ultor Angelus.

O digna cælo victima,
Mors ipsa per quam vincitur,
Per quam refractis inferi
Prædam relaxant postibus.

Christus sepulcri faucibus
Emersus ad lucem redit;
Hostem retrudit tartaro,
Cælique pandit intima.

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.

*This word is “Pertransit” in the original text in Fr. Coffin’s Hymni Sacri of 1736.

Words: Fr. Charles Coffin, 1736.
Tune: Unknown.

Meter: 88.88

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