Matthias Zaphelius
(fl.1550 - 1572)

Christe qui lux es
(S.A.T.B.)
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Setting of a compline hymn for the Habsburg court from Novi Thesauri Musici (book 1), Venice, 1568.
Lyrics: Anon

Christe qui lux es et dies,
Noctis tenebras detegis,
Lucisque lumen crederis,
Lumen beatum praedicans.

Ne gravis somnus irruat,
Nec hostis nos surripiat,
Nec caro illi consentiens,
Nos tibi reos statuat.

Defensor noster aspice,
Insidiantes reprime,
Guberna tuos famulos,
Quos sanguine mercatus es

Trans. Miles Coverdale:

O Christ that art the light and day,
Thou discoverest the darkness of night,
The light of lights thou art alway,
Preaching ever the blessed light.

Let not heavy sleep on us fall,
Nor let the fiend take us away,
Let not our flesh consent withal,
To make us guilty by night nor day.

Look on us Lord our defender,
Put them down that would us no good,
Keep thy servants in good order,
Whom thou hast bought with thy dear blood.