Ex more docti mystico
Solesmes’ Liber Hymnarius
- Taught by mystical custom,
let us keep abstinence,
with the well-known guide
of four cycles of ten days.
- First the law and the prophets
offered this example, and later
Christ, the king and maker of all times,
made it holy.
- Let us therefore make use
of fewer words, foods, and drinks,
of less sleep, and let us stand firmly
with a more careful sense of humor.
- And let us avoid the worst things
which undermine our minds,
and let us give no quarter
to the ingenious and tyrannical foe.
- Grant, blessed Trinity,
allow, simple unity,
that these gifts of moderation
might be fruitful to your servants. Amen.