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Laudes Regiae was sung in the Norman Abbey of Fécamp when royalty entered for worship. A manuscript was brought by Osmund to Old Sarum which was discovered on the flyleaf of an eleventh-century manuscript in Salisbury Cathedral Library. The version sung here is based on a modern edition and some of the text has been adapted for use in Advent. The music, edited by Christopher Dearnley, was written before the Norman Conquest and provides a dramatic and declamatory opening to this recording.
Exaudi, Christe, ecclesiae sanctae Dei,
supra regnorum fines nectenti animas:
Rex regum. Rex noster. Spes nostra. Gloria nostra.
Exaudi, Christe, cunctis gentium principibus
et omnibus sibi commissis:
honor illaesus, vita et victoria.
Exaudi, Christe, o rex gentium,
et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis,
qui facit utraque unum.
Auxilium nostrum. Fortitudo nostra.
Arma nostra invictissima.
Murus noster inexpugnabilis, lux, via, et vita nostra.
Exaudi, Christe, o Emmanuel, rex et legifer noster,
exspectatio gentium et salvator earum.
Ipsi soli imperium, laus et iubilatio
per infinita saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Tempora bona habeant,
redempti sanguine Christi!
Feliciter! Feliciter! Feliciter!
Pax Christi veniat!
Regnum Christi veniat!
Deo gratias. Amen.
medieval English source in Worcester Cathedral
Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ rules.
Listen, Christ, to the holy church of God,
uniting souls across the divisions of nations:
King of kings. Our king. Our hope. Our glory.
Listen, Christ, to all the princes of the peoples
and to those entrusted to their care:
unbroken honour, life and victory.
Listen, Christ, O king of the peoples,
their desired one, and cornerstone,
who makes both one.
Our help. Our strength.
Our invincible power.
Our impenetrable wall, light, path and our life.
Listen, Christ, Emmanuel, our king and law-giver,
the expectation of the peoples and their saviour.
To him alone be power, praise and glory
through unending ages of ages. Amen.
May they have happiness,
who are redeemed by the blood of Christ!
Joyfully! Joyfully! Joyfully!
May the peace of Christ come!
May the kingdom of Christ come!
Thanks be to God. Amen.