Cælo Datur Quiescere

This hymn was used for Nocturns  and Vespers II on the Feast of St. Barnabas (June 11) in the Paris Breviary (1736). 

Cælo datur quiescere,
Terris relictis, Barnaba,
Solemnis hæc affert tuis
Finem dies laboribus.

Quem propter, agro vendito,
Opes caducas deseris,
Magno rependens fœnore
En fundus ipse fit tuus.

Tu sacra per ieiunia,
Tu publicas inter preces,
Iubente sancto Spiritu,
Christi crearis nuntius*.

Quas non adis mundi plagas,
Pauli laborum particeps?
Vos unus ambo spiritus,
Vos una iunxit caritas.

Quam vestra gens Christi fidem
Luci rebellis reppulit,
Nil hæsitantes barbaris
Portastis illam gentibus.

Fac, Christe, nostris se tuum
Cum lumen offert mentibus,
Amore ne noctis suæ
Cæleste donum respuant.

**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 spelled “nuncius” in Fr. de Santeul’s text in his 1689 book Hymni Sacri et Novi.
**These final two stanzas are absent in Fr. de Santeul’s text in his 1689 book Hymni Sacri et Novi.

Words: Fr. Jean-Baptiste Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 88.88

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