Category Archives: Ancient & Mediaeval Hymns

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 … Continue reading

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Præcursor Altus Luminis

This is the full text of this hymn from The Complete Works of Venerable Bede. It is a hymn for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Præcursor altus luminis, Et præco verbi nascitur, Lætare, cor fidelium, Lucemque gaudens accipe. … Continue reading

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Personent Hodie

This is a medieval Christmas carol in Latin from Scandinavia which was first published in 1582 in the famous collection Piæ Cantiones: Personent hodie voces puerulæ, Laudantes iucunde qui nobis est natus, Summo Deo datus, Et de vir, vir, vir; Et de vir, vir, vir; … Continue reading

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Thou, Whose Almighty Word

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867): Thou, Whose Almighty Word Chaos and darkness heard, And took their flight, Hear us, we humbly pray, And where the Gospel-Day Sheds not its glorious ray Let … Continue reading

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God Of Grace, O Let Thy Light

This hymn is based on Psalm 67 and is listed in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867) under Missions. This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867): God of Grace, O let Thy Light Bless our … Continue reading

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Bread Of Heav’n! On Thee I Feed

This is the original text of the hymn as it appeared in The Star in the East (1824): Bread of Heav’n! on Thee I feed, For thy flesh is meat indeed. Ever may my soul be fed With this true … Continue reading

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Lapsus Est Annus; Redit Annus Alter

This hymn was used for Compline on December 31 in the Meaux Breviary. Lapsus est annus; redit annus alter; Vita sic mutis fugit acta pennis: Tu, Deus, cursum moderaris, unus Arbiter, ævi. Gens Tuis plaudat cumulata donis; Te simul votis Dominum precatur, Servet … Continue reading

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