Sunday, May 04, 2008

Beata nobis gaudia

  1. Beata nobis gaudia
    Anni reduxit orbita,
    Cum Spiritus paraclitus
    Illapsus est Apostolis.
  2. Ignis vibrante lumine
    Linguæ figuram detulit,
    Verbis ut essent proflui,
    Et caritate fervidi.
  3. Linguis loquuntur omnium,
    Turbæ pavent Gentilium:
    Musto madere deputant,
    Quos spiritus repleverat.
  4. Parata sunt hæc mystice,
    Paschæ peracto tempore,
    Sacro dierum circulo,
    Quo lege fit remissio.
  5. Te nunc Deus piissime
    Vultu precamur cernuo,
    Illapsa nobis cœlitus
    Largire dona Spiritus.
  6. Dudum sacrata pectora
    Tua replesti gratia:
    Dimitte nostra crimina,
    Et da quieta tempora.
  7. Deo Patri sit gloria,
    Et Filio, qui a mortuis
    Surrexit, ac Paraclito.
    In sæculorum sæcula.
  1. Round roll the weeks our hearts to greet,
    With blissful joy returning;
    For lo! The Holy Paraclete
    On twelve bright brows sits burning:
  2. With quivering flame He lights on each,
    In fashion like a tongue, to teach
    That eloquent they are of speech,
    Their hearts with true love yearning.
  3. While with all tongues they speak to all,
    The nations deem them maddened,
    And drunk with wine the Prophets call,
    Whom God’s good Spirit gladdened;
  4. A marvel this—in mystery done—
    The holy Paschaltide outrun,
    By numbers told, whose reckoning won
    Remission for the saddened.
  5. O God most Holy, Thee we pray,
    With reverent brow low bending,
    Grant us the Spirit’s gifts to-day—
    The gifts from heaven descending;
  6. And, since, Thy grace hath deigned to bide
    Within our breasts once sanctified,
    Deign, Lord, to cast our sins aside,
    Henceforth calm seasons sending.
  7. To God the Father, laud and praise,
    Praise to the Son be given;
    Praise to the Spirit of all grace,
    The fount of graces seven—
  8. As was of old, all worlds before,
    Is now and shall be evermore,
    When time and change are spent and o’er—
    All praise in earth and heaven.
Ascribed to St. Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers (d. 368)

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