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Summæ Parens clementiæ

O God, by whose command is swayed

The Hymns of the Breviary and Missal

  1. Summæ Parens clementiæ,
    Mundi regis qui machinam,
    Unius et substantiæ,
    Trinusque personis Deus,
  2. Da dexteram surgentibus,
    Exurgat ut mens sobria,
    Flagrans et in laudem Dei
    Grates rependat debitas.
  3. Deo Patri sit gloria,
    Natoque Patris unico,
    Cum Spiritu Paraclito,
    In sempiterna sæcula.
  1. O God, by whose command is swayed
    This ordered world which Thou hast made;
    Parent of heavenly clemency,
    In nature One, in persons Three;
  2. Assist us while our minds we raise,
    Inflamed with Thy immortal praise;
    That with our sober thoughts, we may
    Forever our thanksgiving pay.
  3. May age by age Thy wonders tell,
    Eternal praise Thy works reveal,
    And sing with the celestial host
    The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Liturgical Use: Hymn for Matins on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. Translation in the Primer, 1706, probably by John Dryden. This hymn is a cento from hymns already treated. The first stanza is from Hymn 21; the second, from Hymn 20.