Thursday, 20 October 2016

"Te Lucis Ante Terminum". The Hymn At The Divine Office Of Compline During The Time After Pentecost.



The Nave, King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England.
Where, no doubt, "Te Lucis Ante Terminum", has been
sung 
thousands of times throughout the Centuries.
Architectural Style: Perpendicular Gothic.
Building Date: 1446-1547. Photograph Date: Circa 1865 - 1885.
Collection: A. D. White Architectural Photographs,
Cornell University Library Accession Number: 15/5/3090.01554.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Choir Stalls at Lincoln Cathedral,
Lincoln, England.
Where, no doubt, "Te Lucis Ante Terminum", has been
sung 
thousands of times throughout the Centuries.
Illustration: BRITAIN EXPRESS


"Te Lucis Ante Terminum".
The Hymn at Compline
during The Time After Pentecost.
Composer: Thomas Tallis.
Sung by: The Sixteen Choir.
Directed by Harry Christophers.
Available on YouTube at

Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) was an English Organist and Composer, whose career spanned the Reigns of four Monarchs and a long period of Religious Change. He occupies a primary place in anthologies of English Church Music, and is considered among the best of England's early Composers.

Te lucis ante terminum,
Rerum creator, poscimus
Ut solita clementia
Sis praesul ad custodiam.

Procul recedant somnia
Et noctium phantasmata;
Hostemque nostrum comprime,
Ne polluantur corpora.

Praesta, Pater omnipotens,
Per Jesum Christum Dominum,
Qui tecum in perpetuum
Regnat cum Sancto Spiritu.

Amen. 

To You before the close of day,
Creator of the World, we pray that, 
In Your constant mercy, 
You would be our guard and keeper now.

Let all ill dreams be far from us,
And all fantasies of the night;
Restrain our ancient enemy,
Lest out bodies be tainted.

Grant this, Father Almighty,
through Jesus Christ Our Lord,
Who reigns forever with You
and with The Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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