Aurora lucis rutilat
Aurora lucis rutilat.
This hymn is in Ambrosian verse, that is, each verse has a syllable count 8+8+8+8. According to A.S. Walpole, it ‘bears every mark of great antiquity’ (1922, p. 356), although it is anonymous and its origins are uncertain. ‘Aurora lucis rutilat’ is found as an Easter hymn in the 9th-century Frankish Hymnal. The Easter association continued into the New Hymnal later in the same century, where it was often associated with Easter Lauds. Through the middle ages, the Easter connection continued, but it was usually an Eastertide hymn rather than being assigned specifically to Easter day. The text greets the morning - hence the Lauds or Matins association; from the third...
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