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Isaias 5:1

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Victimae paschali laudes

Easter Sequence by Wipo of Burgundy +1040:

Victimae paschali laudes To the Passover victim,
immolent Christiani. Christians offer praise.
 
Agnus redemit oves: The Lamb has redeemed the sheep:
Christus innocens Patri Innocent Christ to the Father
reconciliavit peccatores. has reconciled sinners
 
Mors et vita duello Death and life contended
conflixere mirando: in a wondrous battle:
dux vitae mortuus, The Lord of life, who died,
regnat vivus. reigns alive.
 
Dic nobis Maria, Tell us, Mary,
quid vidisti in via? what you saw on the way?
 
Sepulcrum Christi viventis, “The tomb of the living Christ
et gloriam vidi resurgentis: and the glory of His rising,
 
Angelicos testes, “Angelic witnesses,
sudarium et vestes. shroud and clothes.
 
Surrexit Christus spes mea: “Christ my hope is arisen,
praecedet suos in Galilaeam. and precedes His own into Galilee.”
 
Scimus Christum surrexisse We know that Christ is risen
a mortuis vere: from the dead in truth.
tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere. To us, victorious King, have mercy!
Amen. Alleluia. Amen. Alleluia.

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Blogger Michael said...

A less literal, more poetic translation found at Thesaurus Precum Latinarum:

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
offer sacrifice and praise.

The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners
to his Father reconciled.

Death with life contended:
combat strangely ended!
Life's own Champion, slain,
yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary:
say what thou didst see upon the way.

The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ's glory as He rose!

The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.

Christ, my hope, has risen:
He goes before you into Galilee.

That Christ is truly risen
from the dead we know.
Victorious King, Thy mercy show!
Amen. Alleluia.

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