Happy New Year: Ecce Novus Annus Est – Moosburg gradual of 1360

moosburg150x150The Moosburg Gradual – a book of chants for the use of the Monks of the Augustinian collegiate church of St. Castulus in Moosburg was completed in 1360. It’s now housed in the University of Munich’s library amongst the pieces recorded in it is this vigorous and cheerful New Year’s Hymn. 

Happy New Year.

markfromireland

Text, Translation,  and Score: Ecce Novus Annus Est

Ad Novum Annum (At New Year)

Latin textEnglish translation
Ecce novus annus est,
Rex coelorum natus est,
Princcps mundi captus est,
Homo liber factus est.
Behold, there is a new year,
the King of Heaven is born,
the prince of the world has been caught,
man has been made free.
Exsultandi tempus est,
Dies est,
Venit lex, venit rex,
Venit fons gratiae.
It is the time of exulting,
it is the Day,
the Law has come,
the King has come,
so has the Fountain of Grace.
Ergo non sunt irrita
Prophetarum tradita,
Pax est terris reddita,
David plebs inclita.
Therefore not in vain
are the traditions of the prophets,
peace has come to the world,
oh illustrious people of David.
Exsultandi tempus est,
Dies est,
Venit lex, venit rex,
Venit fons gratiae.
It is the time of exulting,
it is the Day,
the Law has come,
the King has come,
so has the Fountain of Grace.
Ergo fas est ludere,
Cantibus intendere,
Novas laudes dicere,
Regi nostro psallere.
Therefore it is right to play,
to give ear to songs,
to declare new praises,
to sing psalms to our King
Exsultandi tempus est,
Dies est,
Venit lex, venit rex,
Venit fons gratiae.
It is the time of exulting,
it is the Day,
the Law has come,
the King has come,
so has the Fountain of Grace.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *