Perfusus Ora Lacrimis

This hymn was used as the hymn for Vespers II on the Feast of St. Martin of Tours (November 11) in the Paris Breviary (1736 Edition).

Perfusus ora lacrimis
Martinus astra suspicit:
Et in beato patriæ
Defixus obtutu gemit.

O mors, ait, quid tamdiu
Differs levare vincula?
Amore Christi saucium
Privare vita munus est.

Quid tu minaci gutture,
Draco cruente, sibilas?
Redi sub umbras tartari:
Me lucis aula devocat.

Et vos, flagrans quos caritas
Mihi dat esse filios,
Fletu molesto parcite
Tardare patris gaudia.

Quod si tamen nostros adhuc
Tellus labores exigit,
Iam lauream prensans manu,
Reddar libenter prælio.

Sic fortis et constans sibi
Martinus usque perstitit,
Nec pro Deo timens mori,
Sed nec recusans vivere.

Sit Trinitati gloria,
Sermonibus quam vindicans
Martinus et miraculis,
Adeptus est in præmium. Amen.

Words: Fr. Jean Commire, S.J., (1625-1702).
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 88.88


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