Matris Intactæ Venerande Coniux

This hymn was used for Lauds on the Feast of St. Joseph in the Paris Breviary (1736). For some reason, St. Joseph was celebrated on April 20 rather than March 19 in the Paris Breviary. However, March 19 is listed for St. Joseph in Fr. de Santeul’s Hymni Sacri et Novi in 1689.

Matris intactæ, venerande coniux,
Testis, et custos nivei pudoris,
Quid Deo plenam meditaris anceps
Linquere sponsam?

Anxium, cælo tibi missus Ales
Firmat; hinc virgo tibi visa maior;
Mente sedata modo nasciturum.
Numen adoras.

Vix puer natus; redit ecce præpes
Nuntius* patri; Fuge, dixit, infans
Quæritur, matrem puerumque tutas
Transfer in oras.

Tu nihil contra; per opaca noctis
Protinus matrem, puerumque transfers.
Dirigit gressus, aperitque calles,
Dum silet infans.

Ora mox solvet; Solymas per urbes
Quem dolens quæres comitante matre,
Hunc senes inter, puerum stupebis
Mira loquentem.

Anxias mentes, tenebrisque mersas
Chritus illustret, Patris ipse splendor:
Nos inoffenso pede ducat astris,
Semita factus.

Nostra te summum celebrent parentem
Ora, te summo genitum Parente,
Par sit amborum tibi laus per omne,
Spiritus, ævum. Amen.

*This word is originally spelled “Nuncius” in Fr. de Santeul’s 1689 book Hymni Sacri et Novi.

Words : Fr. Jean-Baptiste Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter 11.11.11.5

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