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Beate Pastor Petre

O Peter, Shepherd good

The Hymns of the Breviary and Missal

  1. Beate Pastor Petre, Clemens accipe
    Voces precantum, criminumque vincula
    Verbo resolve, cui potestas tradita
    Aperire terries cœlum, apertum claudere.
  2. Sit Trinitati sempiterna gloria,
    Honor, potestas, atque jubilation,
    In unitate, quæ gubernat omnia,
    Per universa æternitatis sæcula.
  1. O Peter, Shepherd good, our voices sing of thee;
    Thy very word had might from chains of sin to free;
    To thee, by power divine, the mystic keys were given,
    Which ope the skies to men, or close the gates of heaven.
  2. All honor, might, and power, and hymns of joy we bring,
    While to the Trinity eternal praise we sing:
    He rules the universe in wondrous Unity,
    And shall, thoughout the days of all eternity.
Author: Ascribed to Elpis (d. 493), wife of the philosopher Boethius (480-524). Meter: Iambic dimeter. Translation by T. I. Ball. Liturgical Use: Hymn for Lauds on the Feast of St. Peter’s Chair at Rome (Jan. 18), and at Antioch (Feb. 22).

This hymn is the first stanza of the hymn for Lauds on the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul (June 29). See hymn 117.