Melchior Vulpius
(c.1570 - 1615)

Factum est prælium
(S.S.A.T.T.B.)
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From Cantionum sacrarum (part one), Jena, 1602.
Lyrics: Anon

Factum est prælium magnum in cælo.
Michael et angeli eius præliabantur cum dracone; et draco pugnabat et angeli eius et non valuerunt, neque locus inventus est eorum amplius in cælo.
Et projectus est draco ille magnus serpens antiquus qui vocatur Diabolus et Sathanas, qui seducit totum orbem terrarum.
Et projectus est in terram et angeli eius cum illo projecti sunt.
Et audivi vocem magnam dicentem: In cælo nunc facta est salus et virtus et regum Dei nostri et potestas Christi eius, quia projectus est accusator fratrum nostrorum qui accusabit illos ante conspectum Dei nostri die ac nocte, et ipsi vicerunt eum propter sanguinem agni et propter sermonem testimonium sui, et non dilexerunt animam suam usque ad mortem.
Propterea lætimini cæli et qui habitatis eis.

Great battle was joined in heaven.
Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, yet did not prevail, nor was sufficient space found for them in heaven.
And the dragon was cast out, that serpent of old named a devil and Satan, who tempted the whole world.
He was cast out onto the earth, and his angels with him also.
And I heard a great voice saying: In heaven are now consolidated safety and strength and the dominion of our God and the power of Christ, for he is cast out that persecuted our brothers, he that accused them in the sight of our God, both by day and by night; yet they vanquished him by the blood and the intercession
of the Lamb,and rejected his spirit all the way to death.
Therefore the heavens rejoice, and those that dwell therein.