Lucis creator optime

  1. Qui mane iunctum vésperi
    diem vocári præcipis:
    tætrum chaos illábitur;
    audi preces cum flétibus.

  2. Ne mens graváta crímine
    vitæ sit exsul múnere,
    dum nil perénne cógitat
    seséque culpis ílligat.

  3. Cælorum pulset íntimum,
    vitále tollat prǽmium;
    vitémus omne noxium,
    purgémus omne péssimum.

  4. Præsta, Pater piísime,
    Patríque compar Unice,
    cum Spíritu Paráclito
    regnans per omne sǽculum. Amen.

— Liber Hymnarius

  1. You decreed that the junction
    of morning and evening be called day;
    the chaos of darkness sinks down;
    hear our tearful prayers.

  2. May our minds, weighed down by grievous accusations,
    not wander from life’s reward,
    while thinking of nothing eternal
    but preferring to cling to our faults.

  3. May they knock on heaven’s innermost gate,
    may they take up life’s reward;
    may we shun everything harmful,
    may we purify ourselves of everything evil.

  4. Grant this, most tender Father,
    and Sole-begotten, equal to the Father,
    ruling with the Holy Spirit
    through every age. Amen.

— Hymnbook of the Abbey of Solesmes