Hymne de Saint Nicolas

Medieval Latin hymn, from an 11th century manuscript from Albi, France. It was published in 1907 in “Bulletin mensuel de la schola cantorum” volume 13, p. 258, Paris.

Wallpainting: Charity of St Nicolas
Eglise Saint-Maurice
St-Jean-St-Maurice, France
Photo: Marina & Jo Hermanns, used bypermission
Eia, festum innovatur
Chorus noster gratulatur
Christi duce gratia
Qui regnat in gloria
Nova sint solemnia
Et nova sint gaudia.
Hurrah, a new feast is established
Our congregation is happy.
inspired by the love of Christ
Who rules in eternity
Let it be a new solemnity
and a new delight.
Nicolaus gloriatur
Nicolaus gloriatur
In caelesti curia
Vitae sumens praemia
In caelesti curia
Vitae sumens praemia.
Nicholas is glorified
Nicholas is glorified
in the heavenly garden,
receiving the reward for his conduct in life
in the heavenly garden,
receiving the reward for his conduct in life.
Caelum terra iucundatur
Caelum terra iucundatur
Hodie duplicia
Sint eius solemnia
Hodie duplicia
Sint eius solemnia.
Heaven is pleased with the earth
Heaven is pleased with the earth
Today a double feast
Let it be his feast
Today a double feast
Let it be his feast.
Ipsum clerus veneratur
Ipsum clerus veneratur
Et cuncta scolaria
Clericorum studia
Et cuncta scolaria
Clericorum studiav.
Clergy venerate him
Clergy venerate him
And all of their
congregations
And all of their
congregations.
Nobis ab ipso donatur
Nobis ab ipso donatur
Corporis munditia
Et cordis iustitia
Corporis munditia
Et cordis iustitia.
He gives us
He gives us
a pure body
and a righteous heart
a pure body
and a righteous heart.
Praesul Christi te precamur
Praesul Christi te precamur
Haec praesens familia
Duc nos ad caelestia
Haec praesens familia
Duc nos ad caelestia.
Intercessor by Christ we pray you,
Intercessor by Christ we pray you,
this congregation here present,
guide us on our way to heaven
this congregation here present,
guide us on our way to heaven.


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Translation by Luc Vermeulen, Sint-Niclaas, Belgium

Manuscript image
Image from Albi manuscript
Médiathèque Pierre Amalric - Ville d”Albi

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