Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ascensiontide Doxology

At Lauds and Vespers the Church sings the Salutis humanæ Sator (or, as it was prior to Urban VIII's rewording of the hymn, Jesu nostra Redemptio), the quasi-doxology of which is as follows:

Tu dux ad astra, et semita,
Sis meta nostris cordibus,
Sis lacrimarum gaudium,
Sis dulce vitæ præmium.  Amen.

(Thou Guide to heaven, and Thou the Way!
Be Thou the Goal where our hearts tend;
Be Thou our Joy 'mid tears; we pray,
Be Thou our life's sweet Prize and End.  Amen.)

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