Virgo Dei Genitrix Quem Totus Non Capit Orbis

This hymn was used as the hymn for Compline in the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Paris Breviary (1736).

Virgo Dei Genitrix, quem totus non capit orbis,
In tua se clausit viscera, factus homo.

Hinc merito dicent te sæcula cuncta beatam:
Hinc populi matrem te dominaque colunt.

Suscipe quos pia plebs tibi pendere certat honores:
Annue, sollicita quam prece poscit, opem.

Gloria magna Patri, compar sit gloria Nato:
Amborum tibi par, Spiritus alme, decus. Amen.

Words: Fr. Charles Coffin, 1736.
Tune: “Virgo Dei Genetrix” Gregorian Chant, Mode II, Traditional.
Meter: 15.13

There seem to be other and older versions of this text from various sources throughout Western Christendom. A common wording that has shown up in multiple places is as follows:

Virgo Dei Genitrix, quem totus non capit orbis:
In tua se clausit viscera factus homo.

Vera fides Geniti purgavit crimina mundi:
Et tibi virginitas inviolata manet.

Te matrem pietatis, opem te clamitat orbis:
Subvenias famulis, O benedicta, tuis.

Gloria magna Patri, compar tibi gloria, Nato:
Spiritui Sancto gloria magna Deo. Amen.


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