Pange lingua gloriosi Corporis mysterium
Pange lingua gloriosi Corporis mysterium. Thomas Aquinas* (ca. 1224/5- 1274).
This hymn was described in JJ as ‘one of the finest of the mediaeval Latin hymns; a wonderful union of sweetness of melody with clear-cut dogmatic teaching’ (p. 878). It is found in Daniel, Thesaurus Hymnologicus I. 251-2, and in Analecta Hymnica 50. 586, where the many references to Codexes indicate its rapid spread during the 13th and 14th centuries. The text was:
Pange lingua gloriosi Corporis mysterium, Sanguinisque pretiosi, quem in mundi pretium fructus ventris generosi Rex effudit Gentium.
Nobis datus, nobis natus ex intacta Virgine, et in mundo conversatus, sparso verbi semine, sui moras incolatus...
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