Agnoscat Omne Sæculum

This hymn was used for the minor hours on Christmas in the York Breviary. Part I was used for Prime, Part II for Terce, Part III for Sext, Part IV for None.

The text here comes from “Venanti Honori Clementiani Fortunati Presbyteri Italici Opera Poetica.”

PARS I

Agnoscat omne sæculum
Venisse vitæ præmium;
Post hostis asperi iugum
Apparuit Redemptio.

Isaias(1) quæ præcinit
Completa sunt in Virgine;
Annuntiavit Angelus,
Sanctus replevit Spiritus.

PARS II

Maria ventre concipit
Verbi fidelis(2) semine;
Quem totus orbis non capit(3),
Portant puellæ viscera.

Radix Iesse(4) iam floruit,
Et virga fructum edidit,
Fecunda(5) partum protulit,
Et Virgo Mater permanet.

PARS III

Præsepe poni pertulit
Qui lucis Auctor extitit,
Cum Patre cælos condidit,
Sub matre pannos induit.

Legem dedit Qui sæculo,
Cuius decem præcepta sunt,
Dignando factus est homo
Sub legis esse vinculo.

PARS IV

Adam vetus quod polluit,
Adam novus hoc abluit;
Tumens quod ille deicit(6),
Humillimus hic erigit.

Iam nata lux est et salus,
Fugata nox, et victa mors,
Venite gentes, credite,
Deum Maria protulit.

This closing doxology is used at the end of each section in the York Breviary according to the Hymnale Secundum Usum Insignis Ac Praeclarae Ecclesiae Sarisburiensis (1850):

Gloria Tibi, Domine,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Cum Patre et Sancto Spiritu,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

Words: St. Venantius Honorius Fortunatus, ca. 6th C.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 8.8.8.8

The Hymnale Secundum Usum Insignis Ac Praeclarae Ecclesiae Sarisburiensis (1850) indicates the following differences in the text of this hymn:
(1) Esaias
(2) fideli
(3) baiulat
(4) Iessæ
(5) Fœcunda
(6) deiecit

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