Altissima Providente

This hymn is a medieval sequence hymn used for the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Nov. 21). From what I can ascertain it was widely used in different late medieval Missals. It was used for this Feast in the Sarum Missal and also appears in the 1531 Folio edition of the Sarum Breviary, which provides the Mass texts for this feast for some reason.

Altissima providente,
Cuncta recte disponente,
Dei sapientia:

Uno nexu coniugatis
Ioachim et Anna gratis
Iuga sunt sterilia.

Ex cordis affectu toto
Domino fideli, voto
Se strinxerunt pariter:

Mox si prolem illis dare
Dignetur, hanc dedicare
In templo perenniter.

Angelus apparuit
Lucidus qui docuit
Exaudita vota.

Regis summi gratia
Ut detur his filia
Gratiosa tota.

In utero consecrata
Miro modo generata
Gignet mirabilius.

Altissimi Patris natum,
Virgo manens, qui reatum
Mundi tollet gratius.

Benedicta virgo nata,
Templo trima præsentata,
Ter quinis gradibus

Erecta velox ascendit,
Et uterque parens tendit,
Ornando se vestibus.

Nova fulsit gloria
Templo dum eximia
Virgo præsentatur.

Edocta divinitus,
Visitata cælitus
Angelis lætatur.

Dum ut nubant iubet multis
Princeps puellis adultis,
Primo virgo renuit.

Ipsam namque devovere
Parentes ipsaque manere
Virgo voto statuit.

Consultus Deus responsum
Dat ut virgo sumat sponsum,
Quem pandet flos editus.

Ostensus Ioseph puellam
Ad parentum duxit cellam,
Nuptiis sollicitus.

Tunc Gabriel ad virginem
Ferens conceptus ordinem,
Delegatur.

Erudita stat tacita,
Verba quam sint insolita
Meditatur.

Ut cum ille tradidit
Modum virgo credidit,
Sicque sacro Flamine

Mox Verbum concipitur,
Et quod nusquam clauditur,
Conditur in virgine.

Ecce virgo singularis,
Quanta laude sublimaris,
Quanta fulges gloria.

Nos ergo sic tuearis,
Ut fructu quo gloriaris
Fruamur in patria. Amen.

Words: Medieval sequence hymn.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 8.8.7

 

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