Quod Lex Adumbravit Vetus

This hymn was used for Nocturns on Sundays and Weekdays during Lent from Ash Wednesday to Passion Sunday in the Paris Breviary (1736).

Quod lex adumbravit vetus,
Quod ipse sacravit novi
Christus minister fœderis,
Decurrimus ieiunium.

Utamur ergo parcius
Verbis, cibis et potibus,
Somno, iocis; et arctius
Perstemus in custodia.

Intenta mens cupidinis
Frænet rebelles impetus;
Ne cordis arcem, ianua
Qua se dat, hostis occupet.

Omnes ad aram cernuo
Vultu precemur supplices:
Ploremus, atque vindicem
Flectamus iram Iudicis.

Iudex tremende, nos premit
Immensa moles criminum;
Immensa sed, clemens Pater,
Parcendo vinces crimina.

Nos, testa quamquam fictilis,
Opus tuum sumus tamen:
Perire ne plebem sinas
Christi redemptam sanguine.

Quod fecimus sana malum;
Auge bonum quod poscimus:
Da corde contrito, Deus,
Tuam mereri gratiam.

Præsta, beata Trinitas;
Concede, simplex Unitas,
Ut fructuosa sint tuis
Ieiuniorum munera. Amen.

Words: Fr. Charles Coffin, 1736.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 88.88

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