Contents Vox clara ecce intonat
A Thrilling Voice by Jordan Rings

Written in the 6th century, this hymn is traditionally used for Lauds during the Advent season.

VOX clara ecce intonat,
obscura quaeque increpat:
procul fugentur somnia;
ab aethere Christus promicat.
A THRILLING voice by Jordan rings,
rebuking guilt and darksome things:
vain dreams of sin and visions fly;
Christ in His might shines forth on high.
Mens iam resurgat torpida
quae sorde exstat saucia;
sidus refulget iam novum,
ut tollat omne noxium.
Now let each torpid soul arise,
that sunk in guilt and wounded lies;
see! the new Star's refulgent ray
shall chase disease and sin away.
E sursum Agnus mittitur
laxare gratis debitum;
omnes pro indulgentia
vocem demus cum lacrimis,
The Lamb descends from heaven above
to pardon sin with freest love:
for such indulgent mercy shewn
with tearful joy our thanks we own.
Secundo ut cum fulserit
mundumque horror cinxerit,
non pro reatu puniat,
sed nos pius tunc protegat.
That when again He shines revealed,
and trembling worlds to terror yield.
He give not sin its just reward,
but in His love protect and guard.
Summo Parenti gloria
Natoque sit victoria,
et Flamini laus debita
per saeculorum saecula. Amen.
To the most high Parent glory be
and to the Son be victory,
and to the Spirit praise is owed
from age to age eternally. Amen.

From the Liturgia Horarum, Tr. Neale?

Changes made by Pope Urban VIII in 1632 to the Roman Breviary:
1 En clara vox redarguit/ obscura quaeque, personans:/ procul fugentur somnia:/ ab alto Iesus promicat.
2 Mens iam resurgat, torpida/ non amplius iacens humi:/ sidus refulget iam novum,/ ut tollat omne noxium.
3 En Angus ad nos mittitur/ laxare gratis debitum:/ omnes simul cum lacrimis/ precemur indulgentiam.
4 Ut, cum secundo fulserit,/ metuque mundum cinxerit,/ non pro reatu puniat,/ sed nos pius tunc protegat.
5 Virtus, honor, laus, gloria/ Deo Patri cum Filio,/ Sancto simul Paraclito,/ in saeculorum saecula.

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