Sublime Numen Ter Potens Ter Maximum

This hymn was used for Nocturns on Trinity Sunday in the Paris Breviary (1736). 

Sublime Numen, ter potens, ter maximum,
Incomprehensum lucis immensæ iubar,
Simplex et unus, et tribus constans Deus,
Te res creatæ laude iugi concinant.

Tu Trinitatis fons inexhaustas, Pater,
Filique nascens Patris æterno sinu,
Ac sancte manans e duobus, Spiritus,
Nil vos in una dividit substantia.

Persona triplex: una iungit Unitas,
In Patre semper Natus; in Nato Pater;
Uterque sacro semper est in Spiritu;
In Patre semper, ac in* Nato Spiritus.

Sed nullus horum quemlibet vincit, gradu
Vel maior extat, vel prior potentia:
Æquale regnum, parque maiestas trium,
Origo nulli dignius confert bonum.

Rerum creator, laus tibi, vivens Pater:
Laus æqua, mundum qui redemit, Filio:
Quo nos supernis ignibus succendimur,
Compar in ævum Flamini sit gloria. Amen.

Words: Paris Breviary, 1736.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 12.12.12.12

*”ac in” is replaced by “inque” in Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae.

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