Lauda Sion, a 8

Lauda Sion, a 8

In Festo Corporis Christi [1585b]


LAuda Syon Saluatorem

LAuda ducem et pastorem,

in hymnis et canticis.

quantum potes tantum aude

quia maior omni laude,

nec laudare sufficis.

sit laus plena sit sonora,

sit iocunda sit decora

mentis iubilatio

quod non capis quod non vides

animosa firmat fides

praeter rerum ordinem.

bone pastor panis vere

Jesu nostri miserere

tu nos pasce nos tuere

tu nos bona fac videre

in terra viuentium.




Sion, praise thy Saviour,

give praises to thy guide and pastor

in hymns and songs.


Praise him as strongly and boldly as you can

since he is greater than all praise

which can never be sufficient.


Let praise be full, let it be sonorous,

let it be joyful, le it be graceful,

let our souls rejoice.


What thou canst not see or understand

must eagerly be affirmed by faith

outside the natural order of things.


O good shepherd, true bread,

O Jesus, have mercy on us:

O thou support us and guard us,

make us see good things

in the land of the living.

(St. Thomas Aquinas, XIII century)


[Translation: Nancho Álvarez]

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