Sinæ Sub Alto Vertice

This hymn was used for Lauds on the Feast of St. Mark in the Paris Breviary (1736). Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae has it listed for the same hours as the Common of Evangelists in the Paris Breviary (presumably a later recension).

Sinæ sub alto vertice,
Cælo tonante, lex data:
Inter tubas et fulgura
Præsens minabatur Deus.

Nunc, temperato Numine,
Per vela carnis blandius
Amat videri, languidis
Se lumen aptans sensibus.

Insculpta saxo lex vetus
Præcepta, nun vires dabat:
Inscripta cordi lex nova
Quidquid iubet, dat exequi.

Scripsistis hanc fida manu;
Hanc voce, voci consonis
Hanc prædicastis moribus;
Signastis hanc et sanguine.

Afflante divo Spiritu,
Quæ verba vitæ traditis,
Hæc ille nostris imprimat
Delenda numquam cordibus.

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 sacra* secum dux vocat:
Compar tibi laus, Spiritus. Amen.

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

*This word is “astra” in Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae.

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

Sinæ sub alto vertice,
Cælo tonante, lex data:
Inter tubas et fulgura
Præsens minabatur Deus.

Nunc, temperato Numine,
Per vela carnis blandius
Amat videri, languidis
Se lumen aptans sensibus.

Insculpta saxo lex vetus
Præcepta, nun vires dabat:
Inscripta cordi lex nova
Quidquid iubet, dat exequi.

Scripsistis hanc fida manu;
Hanc voce, voci consonis
Hanc prædicastis moribus;
Signastis hanc et sanguine.

Afflante divo Spiritu,
Quæ verba vitæ traditis,
Hæc ille nostris imprimat
Delenda numquam cordibus.

Uni sit et trino Deo
Suprema laus, summum decus;
De nocte qui nos ad suæ
Lumen vocavit gloriæ.

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