Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pergata mundo nuntiat

This is the hymn for Lauds on Tuesday of week three of the psalter (today!).
I took a stab at translating it in September.

Pergrata mundo nuntiat
aurora solis spicula,
res et colore vestiens
iam cuncta dat nitescere.

Dawn to the world glad tidings brings,
The arrows of the sun, the rays
That clothe in color all good things,
As all the world is set ablaze.

Qui sol per aevum praenites,
O Christe, nobis vividus,
ad te cernentes vertimur,
te gestientes perfrui.

O Jesus Christ, the living Sun,
In every age our one true light!
We see the dawn and turn to you,
Exulting in your presence bright.

Tu Patris es scientia
Verbumque per quod omnia
miro refulgent ordine
mentesque nostras attrahunt.

O Word through whom all things were made,
Through you may we the Father know;
Created things that draw our gaze
Through you their wondrous order show.

Da lucis ut nos filii
sic ambulemus impigri,
ut Patris usque gratiam
mores et actus exprimant.

Help us that we, as sons of light,
May walk with such a steady pace,
That all we do may represent
The image of the Father’s grace.

Sincera praesta ut profluant
ex ore nostro iugiter,
et veritatis dulcibus
ut excitemur gaudiis.

Let nothing from our lips be heard
But honest words unceasingly,
That by the truth we may be stirred –
By sweetness and sincerity.

Sit, Christe, rex piissime,
tibi Patrique gloria
cum Spiritu Paraclito,
in sempiterna secula. Amen.

To you, O Christ, most kindly King
And to the Father glory be,
As to the Spirit Paraclete,
In ev'ry age, eternally. Amen.

Copyright 2012 Thomas Buffer

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