Quæ Cælo Nova Nunc Additur Hospes

This hymn was used as the hymn for Nocturns on the Solemnity of the Assumption in the Paris Breviary (1736 Edition).

Quæ cælo nova nunc additur hospes!
Sese tota poli Regia pandit:
Ruptis Virgo parens libera vinclis,
Caro se properat reddere Nato.

Quantum delituit paupere tecto,
Tantum splendida nunc fulget in astris:
Se velare, quibus mater amabat,
Densas Natus amat rumpere nubes.

Olim quæ fuerat iuncta marito,
Et de connubio credita mater,
Totum iam colitur nota per orbem,
Cum matris titulis, integra virgo.

Ancillæ tribuit quæ sibi nomen,
Cælesti dominans regnat in aula:
Quæ tot passa neces prolis amore,
Iam secura, sua prole, triumphat.

Nostras, tu nova lux, discute noctes:
Tu Regina, graves solve catenas:
Cæcos, Stella maris, dirige cursus;
Da, quo tu frueris, cernere Natum.

Divinæ Soboli, qui dare matrem
In terris voluit, gloria Patri:
Cuius Virgo parens, gloria Nato;
Quo fœcunda, tibi gloria, Flamen. Amen.

Words: Jean-Baptiste de Santeul , 17th C.
Tune: Unknown.

Meter: 11.11.11.11

Here is the original text of this hymn from Fr. de Santeul’s Hymni Sacri et Novi of 1689:

Hospes quæ nova nunc addita cælo?
En se tota poli regia pandit
Ruptis Virgo parens libera vinclis,
Caro se properat reddere Nato.

Quantum delituit paupere tecto,
Tantum sideribus fulget in altis:
Se velare, quibus mater amabat,
Densas Natus amat rumpere nubes.

Olim quæ fuerat nupta marito,
Et de connubio credita mater,
Totum iam colitur nota per orbem,
Matris cum titulis, integra Virgo.

Ancillam Domini se modo dixit,
Nunc cæli dominam suspicit orbis.
Quæ tot passa neces, prolis amore,
Iam secura, fruens prole, triumphat.

Nostras, o nova lux, discute noctes;
O regina, graves solve catenas;
Cæcos, stella maris, dirige cursus;
Da, quo iam frueris, cernere Natum.

Divinæ Soboli, qui dare matrem
In terris voluit, gloria Patri;
Cuius Virgo parens, gloria Nato;
Quo fœcunda , tibi gloria, Flamen. Amen.

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