Dicimus grates tibi

Dicimus grates tibi

Author: Philippi Melancthonis
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1 Dicimus grates tibi,
summe rerum conditor Gnato tua
quod ministros flammeos finxit manus,
Angelorum agmina pura.

2 Qui tuae lucis radiis vibrantos,
Te vedent laetis oculis,
tuasque hauriunt voces
sapientiaeque fonte fruuntur.

3 Hos ne ignavum vinis esse bulgus,
nec peringentes volitare frustra.
Aetheris tracutus, temere
nec inter ludere ventos;

4 Se judes Christo comites adesse,
et pios coetus hominum tumeri,
quie tuas leges venerantur,
atque discere curant.

5 Impiis ardens odiis et ira,
nam tuis castris Draco
semper infert bella qui primum scelus
atque mortem intulit orbi.

6 Hinc domos, urbes, tua templa,
gentes, et tuae legis monumenta tota,
et bonos mores abolere
tntat funditus omnes.

7 Interim sed nos tegit angelorum,
quae ducem Christum sequitur caterva,
atque grassantis reprimit
cruenta arma Draconia.

8 Angeli Lothum Socomae tuentur,
inter infestos, Elisaeus
hostes Angelis cinctus
nihil extimescit bellica signa.

9 Tutus est inter medios leones
Angelis septus Daniel propheta:
sic tegit semper Deus
his ministris omnia nostra.

10 Hoc tuum munus celebramus
una ut tibi noster corus
Angelique gratias dicunt
simul accinentes, Donditor alme!

11 Et tuo templo vegiles
ut addas Angelos semper,
populoque Gnati, que tuum verbum colit,
obsecramus pectore toto.


Source: Evangelisch-Lutherisches Gesang-Buch: worin die gebräuchlichsten alten Kirchen-Lieder Dr. M.Lutheri und anderer reinen lehrer und zeugen Gottes, zur Befoederung der wahren ... (2. verm. Aus.) #232

Author: Philippi Melancthonis

Melanchthon, Philipp, son of Georg Schwarzert, armourer to the Elector Philipp of the Palatinate, was born at Bretten, near Carlsruhe, Feb. 16, 1497. From 1507 to 1509 he attended the Latin school at Pforzheim, and here he was already, by Johann Reuchlin, called Melanchthon (the Greek form of "Black Earth," his German surname). In October, 1509, he entered the University of Heidelberg (B.A. 1511), and on Sept. 17, 1512, matriculated at Tubingen, where he graduated M.A., Jan. 25, 1514, and where he remained till 1518 as private lecturer in the philosophical faculty. On Aug. 29, 1518, he was appointed professor of Greek at the University of Wittenberg, and in January, 1526, also Professor of theology. He died at Wittenberg, April 19, 1560 (Al… Go to person page >

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First Line: Dicimus grates tibi
Author: Philippi Melancthonis
Language: Latin
Publication Date: 1848
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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