Iucundare, Plebs Fidelis

This is a medieval sequence hymn for feasts of the Evangelists. This is the text as it appears in the book “Sacred Latin Poetry: Chiefly Lyrical, Selected and Arranged for Use” by Richard Chenevix Trench (1874):

Iucundare, plebs fidelis,
Cuius Pater est in cælis,
Recolens Ezechielis
Prophetæ præconia:
Est Ioannes testis ipsi,
Dicens in Apocalypsi,
Vere vidi, vere scripsi
Vera testimonia.

Circa thronum maiestatis,
Cum spiritibus beatis,
Quatuor diversitatis
Astant animalia.
Formam primum aquilinam,
Et secundum leoninam,
Sed humanam et bovinam
Duo gerunt alia.

Formæ formant figurarum
Formas Evangelistarum,
Quorum imber doctrinarum
Stillat in Ecclesia:
Hi sunt Marcus et Matthæus,
Lucas, et quem Zebedæus
Pater tibi misit, Deus,
Dum laxaret retia.

Formam viri dant Matthæo,
Quia scripsit sic de Deo,
Sicut descendit ab eo,
Quem plasmavit, homine.
Lucas bos est in figura,
Ut præmonstrat in Scriptura,
Hostiarum tangens iura
Legis sub velamine.

Marcus leo per desertum
Clamans, rugit in apertum,
Iter fiat Deo certum,
Mundum cor a crimine.
Sed Ioannes, ala bina
Caritatis, aquilina
Forma, fertur in divina
Puriori lumine.

Ecce forma bestialis,
Quam scriptura prophetalis
Notat; sed materialis
Hæc est impositio.
Currunt rotis, volant alis;
Inest sensus spiritalis;
Rota gressus est æqualis,
Ala contemplatio.

Quatuor describunt isti
Quadriformes actus Christi,
Et figurant, ut audisti,
Quisque sua formula.
Natus homo declaratur,
Vitulus sacrificatur,
Leo mortem deprædatur,
Et ascendit aquila.

Paradisus his rigatur,
Viret, floret, fœcundatur,
His abundat, his lætatur
Quatuor fluminibus:
Fons est Christus, hi sunt rivi,
Fons est altus, hi proclivi,
Ut saporem fontis vivi
Ministrent fidelibus.

Horum rivo debriatis
Sitis crescat caritatis,
Ut de fonte pietatis
Satiemur plenius.
Horum trahat nos doctrina
Vitiorum de sentina,
Sicque ducat ad divina
Ab imo superius.

Words: Adam of St. Victor (1112-1146).
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8.8.7

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Come Pure Hearts in Sweetest Measures (Partial)

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