Iam desinant suspiria
Iam desinant suspiria. Charles Coffin* (1676-1749).
This hymn appeared in the Paris Breviary (1736) and in Hymni Sacri Auctore Carolo Coffin (1736). It was written for Matins on Christmas Day. It is a very attractive Christmas hymn, which has attracted much attention from translators (see JJ, pp. 576-7).
The Latin text was printed in John Chandler*’s Hymns of the Primitive Church (1837), in the ‘Hymni Ecclesiae’ (i.e. Latin) section. It had eight stanzas, beginning:
Jam desinant suspiria; Audivit ex alto Deus, Coeli patescunt; en adest Promissa pax mortalibus.
Profunda noctis otia Coelestis abrumpit chorus, Natumque festo carmine Annunciat terres Deum.
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