Gaude Mater Pietatis

This hymn is used for Vespers I & II and Lauds for the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (August 6) in the Ambrosian Breviary.

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

Gaude, mater pietatis
In valle gementium,
Pro ducatu dignitatis
Christi regis omnium,
Quo dilecta prædotaris
In culmine montium.

Ubi patres præcellentes
In mortali corpore,
Admirantes, assistentes
De tam grandi munere,
Divinum lumen cernentes
In creato lumine.

Quod vertices prophetarum
Præcolunt devotius,
Moyses lumen præclarum
Legis datæ cælitus,
Et Helias iubar magnum,
Zelo Dei fervidus.

Præsentia Deitatis
Declaratur provide
In audita voce Patris
De supremo germine,
Et Spiritu veritatis
Forma nubis lucidæ.

Genitori, genitoque
Laus et iubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit, et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio. Amen.

Words: Anonymous, 14th C.*.
Tune: Chant tone unknown.
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7

*Author/date info comes from Reportorium Hymnologicum – the date depends on whether I am reading the entry correctly.

This is the text that appears in the Ambrosian Breviary of 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:

Plaude, mater caritatis,
In plagis deflentium,
Pro ducatu dignitatis
Regis almi siderum,
Quo renides singularis
Per cacumen montium.

Hic prophetæ perfruentes
Thabor in fastigio,
Ut nivis cernunt micantes
Imbre vestes candido,
Et stupentes alloquuntur
Ore Verbum fulgido.

Lingua vatum percensere
Dira Christi funera,
Quando carnes immolare
Numinis plebs impia
Morte vellet: cum perire
Vellet Agnus crimina.

Ora summæ clara Prolis
Indicantur provide,
Consonanti voce Patris
De superno Germine;
Et Spiritu veritatis
Forma nubis lucidæ.

Sempiterna sit beatæ
Trinitati gloria:
Æqua Patri Filioque
Æqua laudis munera:
Spiritum pari decore
Laus canat per sæcula. Amen.

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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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