Crux Sola Languorum Dei

This hymn was used for Lauds on the (now defunct) Feast of the Invention [Finding] of the Holy Cross (May 3) in the Paris Breviary (1736). 

Crux, sola languorum Dei
Pendentis in te conscia!
Eius dolores intimos,
Dic verba, dic suspiria.

Clavi pedes, clavi manus
Fixere duro stipiti,
Cinctum cruentis vepribus
In te recumbebat caput.

Cum morte luctantis Dei
Legis supremos spiritus:
Christus tuo, volens mori,
Vitam reliquit in sinu.

Tu lectus in quo nos parit,
Suggestus, e quo nos docet;
Olim tremendum sontibus
Eris tribunal Iudicis.

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.

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

Here is the original text as it appears in Fr. de Santeul’s 1689 book Hymni Sacri et Novi:

Crux, sola languorum Dei
Pendentis in te conscia!
Eius dolores intimos,
Dic verba, dic suspiria.

Clavi pedes, clavi manus
Fixere duro stipiti,
Cinctum cruentis vepribus
In te recumbebat caput.

Cum morte luctantis Dei
Legis supremos spiritus:
Christus tuo, volens mori,
Vitam reliquit in sinu.

Tu lectus in quo nos parit,
Suggestus, e quo nos docet;
Olim tremendum sontibus
Eris tribunal Iudicis.

Qui per Crucem nos liberas
Fili , tibi laus maxima ,
Cum Patre, nec tibi minor
Laus, utriusque Spiritus.

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