Urbs Beata Vera Pacis

According to Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae, this hymn was used as the hymn for Lauds for the Common of the Dedication of a Church in the Paris Breviary. This was not the case in the famous 1736 edition, and so must have been used in a later recension.

Urbs beata, vera pacis
Visio, Ierusalem,
Quanta surgit! celsa saxis
Conditur viventibus:
Quæ polivit, hæc coaptat
Sedibus suis Deus.

Singulis ex margaritis
Singulæ portæ nitent:
Murus omnis fulget auro,
Fulget unionibus:
Angularis petra Christus
Fundat urbis mœnia.

Eius est sol cæsus Agnus,
Eius est templum Deus:
Æmulantes hic beati
Puriores Spiritus,
Laude iugi Numen unum
Terque Sanctum concinunt.

Hinc et inde sunt aperta
Civitatis ostia:
Quisquis ambit huc venire,
Inserique mœnibus,
Ante duris hic probari
Debuit laboribus.

Sit perennis laus Parenti;
Sit perennis Filio:
Laus tibi qui nectis ambos,
Sit perennis, Spiritus,
Chrisma cuius nos inungens
Viva templa consecrat. Amen.

Words: Abbé Sébastien Besnault, d. 1724.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 87.87.87

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