Apollinaris Martyris

This hymn is used for Vespers I & II and Lauds for the feast of St. Apollinaris of Ravenna, Bishop and Martyr (July 23) in the Ambrosian Breviary.

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

Apollinaris martyris
Piis triumphum vocibus,
Lætisque palmam mentibus
Promat fidelis concio.

Petri Ravennam iussibus
Pergens, oculis lumina
Prius dedit, quam mœnia
Intraret, Iesum prædicans.

Theclam tribuni coniugem
Ægram cubante lectulo
Reddens saluti pristinæ,
Plures vocavit ad fidem.

Mutam rogatus visere,
Iens puellam spiritu
Curavit a nequissimo,
Fandique morem contulit.

Vitam refudit filiæ
Ruffi solutæ corpore,
Mortisque vinclis liberam
Christo sacravit virginem.

Squalore lepræ sordidum,
Monens fideli pectore
Regem supernum credere,
Tingens sanavit gurgite.

Tauri carentem lumine
Pulsis tenebris filium,
Phœbum serenis visibus
Perfecit orans cernere.

Hic inter aras dæmonum
Delubra solus diruit,
Cædum famemque pertulit:
Cælo refudit spiritum.

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

Words: Ambrosian Breviary, ca. 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:

Apollinaris martyris
Piis triumphum vocibus,
Lætisque palmam mentibus
Promat fidelis concio.

Petri Ravennam iussibus
Profectus, addit lumina
Cæcis, prius quam mœnia
Intraret Axis Nuntius.

Theclam tribuni coniugem
Ægram cubantem pristinæ,
Reddens saluti, Numinis
Plures vocavit ad fidem.

Mutam rogatus visere
Curat puellam, spiritus
Quam torserat nequissimus
Fandique morem contulit.

Vitæ redonat filiam
Ruffi solutam corpore;
Morbique vinclis liberam
Christo sacravit virginem.

Squalore lepræ sordidum,
Monens fideli pectore
Regem supernum credere,
Sanavit undis abluens.

Tauri carentem lumine,
Pulsis tenebris, filium
Lucem serenis visibus
Orando iussit cernere.

Hic inter aras dæmonum
Delubra solus diruit,
Famem necemque pertulit,
Cælo refudit spiritum.

Deo Patri sit gloria
Eiusque soli Filio
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
Nunc et per omne sæculum. Amen.

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