Cælorum Regi Psallite

This hymn is used for Vespers I and Lauds for the feast of St. Mary Magdalen (July 22) in the Ambrosian Breviary.

This is the older text as it appears in the Ambrosian Breviary of 1582 (courtesy of the Katholische Kirchengesange compilation):

Cælorum regi psallite,
Sancti, iucundo carmine,
Qui noxios non desinit
Convocare, ne pereant.

Maria, soror Lazari,
Multis gravata vitiis,
Ad pedes eius corruit:
Est facta miserabilis.

Accessit devotissima
Ingenti cum fiducia,
Magna mittens suspiria,
Repleta Dei gratia.

Pedes rigabat lacrimis,
Tergebat atque crinibus;
Unguenta fundens optima,
Plura simul dat oscula.

Quod cernens Simon invidus,
Submurmurat interius:
Propheta, dicens, si foret,
Istius acta nosceret.

Sed qui de cælo venerat
Salvare, quod perierat,
Quærere, quod erraverat,
Flenti seipsum præparat.

Mox sensit eius Maria
Eloquia dulcissima:
Dimitto tibi omnia,
Quæ tu patrasti, crimina.

Sic delinquentes faciant,
Qui salvari desiderant,
Perpetuum ne pereant,
Sed regna cæli capiant.

Gloria tibi, Domine;
Gloria Unigenito;
Una cum sancto Spiritu,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

Words: Ambrosian Breviary, 15th C*.
Tune: Chant tone unknown.
Meter: 8.8.8.8

*This is according to the information on this hymn in the Repertorium Hymnologicum.

This is the text that appears in the Ambrosian Breviary (1830). According to The Sounds of Milan, 1585-1650 by Robert L. Kendrick (pg. 126), the hymns in the Ambrosian Use at Milan underwent a massive change during the 17th Century and some were heavily altered:

Cælestis aulæ Principi,
Cives beati, psallite,
Qui sedulus non desinit
Oves vocare perditas.

Soror Maria Lazari,
Multo gravata crimine,
Iesu tenens vestigia,
Cæli requirit semitas.

Allapsa plantis , ubere
Dei repletur gratia:
Fletuque summi fervidos
Ignes amoris excitat.

Pedes rigabat lacrimis,
Tergebat atque crinibus:
Unguenta fundens optima,
Dat plura plantis oscula.

Simonis ut livor videt,
Illacrimantem despicit,
Propheta, dicens, si foret,
Istius acta agnosceret.

Sed qui reliquit sidera
Ut servet orbem noxium,
Divina clemens gaudia
Parat gementi fœminæ.

Audit benignas pœnitens
Voces Maria iudicis:
Tibi remitto singula
Quæ perpetrasti crimina.

Sic Magdalenæ semitas
Oves sequantur perditæ:
Lupum timentes tartari
Beata carpent pascua.

Patri simulque Filio
Tibique, Sancte Spiritus,
Sicut fuit, sit iugiter
Sæclum per omne gloria. Amen.

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