O Vos Cum Citharis Iungite Cantus

This hymn was used for Vespers I & II and Nocturns on the Feast of St. Mary of Egypt in the Paris Breviary (1736). In the Paris Breviary she is commemorated on April 29, though in the East and on the current Roman Calendar, her feast is April 1.

O vos cum citharis iungite cantus,
Cœtus angelici; femina sancris
Quondam pulsa adytis, debita cælo
Nunc ad sidereas transvolat arces.

Sacris quæ repulit longius arcens
Templi liminibus crimine fœdam,
Hæc est illa manus, quæ modo amica
Ablutam lacrimis admovet aris.

Hæc olim tenebris obsita densis,
Iam cælo nova lux addita fulget;
Et monstrat faciles prævia portus
Passis naufragium triste pudoris.

Quæ non divus amor pectora mutat!
Ut cæli radius fulsit ab alto,
Urbes, seque fugit; nulla sat altos
Quo se condat, habet silva recessus.

Illi pro thalamo, frigida rupes:
Lautis pro dapibus, graminis herba:
Nec soles calidos veste repellit,
Nec duras hyemes pellibus arcet.

Patri maxima laus, maxima Nato,
Sit laus æqua tibi, Spiritus alme,
Qui dum sacrilegum pellis amorem,
Puros insinuas cordibus ignes. Amen.

Words: Fr. Jean-Baptiste Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 11.11.11.11

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

O vos cum citharis iungite cantus,
Cives ætherei; fœmina sanctis
Quondam pulsa adytis, debita cælo
Nunc ad sidereas transvolat arces.

Sacris quæ repulit longius arcens
Templi liminibus crimine fœdam,
Hæc est illa manus, quæ modo amica
Ablutam lacrimis admovet aris.

Hæc olim tenebris obsita densis,
Iam cælo nova lux undique fulget;
Et monstrat faciles prævia portus
Passis naufragium triste pudoris.

Quæ non divus Amor pectora mutat!
Ut cæli radius fulsit ab alto,
Urbes, seque fugit; nulla sat altos
Ut se condat, habet silva recessus.

Illi pro thalamo, frigida rupes:
Lautis pro dapibus, graminis herba:
Nec Soles calidos veste repellit,
Nec duras hyemes pellibus arcet.

Patri maxima laus, maxima Nato,
Sit laus æqua tibi, Spiritus alme,
Qui dum sacrilegum pellis amorem,
Puros insinuas cordibus ignes. Amen.

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