Quodcumque in orbe
Peter, whatever thou shalt bind on earth
Author: Ascribed to St. Paulinus Patriarch of
Meter: Iambic dimeter.
Translation by Father Caswall.
Liturgical Use: Hymn for
Vespers and Matins on the Feast of St. Peter’s Chair at
Rome. It is similarly used on the Feast of St. Peter’s Chair
at Antioch. First line of Original Text: Quodcumque
vinclis super terram strinxeris. This hymn is a part of a
longer hymn beginning: Felix per omnes festum mundi
cardines. There are nine stanzas in the complete hymn.
In addition to several anonymous translations in the early
Primers, there are ten later translations, three of which are
translations of the complete hymn. This hymn is evidently
later than, and modeled on, the Decora lux which is
used on the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul (June 29).
- Quodcumque in orbe nexibus revinxeris,
Erit revinctum Petre in arce siderum:
Et quod resolvit hic potestas tradita,
Erit solutum cœli in alto vertice:
In fine mundi judicabis sæculum.
- Patri perenne sit per ævum gloria,
Tibique laudes concinamus inclytas,
Æterne Nate, sit superne Spiritus
Honor tibi, decusque: sancta jugiter
Laudetur omne Trinitas per sæculum.
- Peter, whatever thou shalt bind on earth,
The same is bound above the starry sky;
What here thy delegated power doth loose,
Is loosed in heaven’s supremest Court on high:
To judgment shalt thou come, when the world’s end is nigh.
- Praise to the Father, through all ages be;
Praise to the consubstantial sovereign Son,
And Holy Ghost, One glorious Trinity;
To whom all majesty and might belong;
So sing we now, and such be our eternal song.
- “Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth with chains, O
Peter, shall be bound in the stronghold of the skies, and
what here the power bestowed upon thee doth loosen, shall
be loosed in heaven’s exalted height; at the end of the
world thou shalt judge mankind.” This stanza contains
a metrical rendering of Matt. 16, 19: Et tibi dabo claves
regni cœlorum. Et quodcumque ligaveris super terram,
erit ligatum et in cœlis: et quodcumque solveris super
terram, erit solutum et in cœlis. Judicabis: Cf. Matt. 19,
- “To God the Father be glory through endless ages;
Eternal Son, may we sing Thy glorious praises; Heavenly
Spirit, to Thee be honor and glory: unceasingly may the
Holy Trinity be praised through all eternity.”
Copyright Benziger Brothers, 1922. Online Edition Copyright David M. Cheney, 2019.