Laetare Jerusalem...  

Posted by Agnes Regina in ,

Since today is Laetare Sunday, here is the sonnet I wrote last year, based on the Introit and its Psalm (121), plus one verse of Psalm 124. I wish I remembered exactly how I connected the other Psalm to this Introit; but they seem to fit together very nicely. The original Latin is below; the parenthesized phrase is the one I couldn't quite fit into the rhythm/rhyme scheme.

Laetare Ierusalem


Jerusalem, Jerusalem, rejoice!

Let all who love her be united here;

Ye who in sorrow once did lift your voice,

Rejoice, rejoice with gladness and great cheer,


That you be filled from comfort's breast! Be glad,

Jerusalem; her lovers, gathered be;

Ye who before were wretched, weeping, sad,

Exult with merriment and gaiety!


I was made glad by what was said to me,

Into the dwelling of the Lord we go!

And let abundance in your towers be;

Let holy peace be in your strength, also.


O, they who trust in God shall ever be
As Sion's Mount - unmoved eternally.

Laetare Ierusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum laetitia, qui in tristitia fuistis: ut exsultetis, et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestrae.

(Psalm 121) Laetatus sum in his quae dicta sunt mihi: in domum Domini ibimus.
Fiat pax in virtute tua, et abundantia in turribus tuis.

(Psalm 124) Qui confidunt in Domino, sicut mons Sion; non commovebitur in aeternum, (qui habitat in Ierusalem.)

Edited to add: the "Fiat pax" and "Qui confidunt" are added to the "Laetatus sum" in the Gradual. (Three cheers for my faithful Liber...)

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6 comments

Which I missed, as far as liturgy was concerned - I did rejoice anyway in a way - due to diarrhea when being in a cold cellar that night. Well, the hospital was nice in a way, now I am out and the diarrhea went faster than expected. People were kind and when I finally got food (which was not until monday lunch) it was nice cookery, of course fish - appropriately enough for Lent.

I am trying to make some St. Patrick's day message for the blog.

March 17, 2010 at 4:48 AM

Happy St. Patrick's day, Hans, and I'm glad you're feeling better.

March 17, 2010 at 11:02 AM

buiochas lé Día, agus buiochas!

March 17, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Oh, above was gaelic, if you doubted, and means "Thank God, and Thanks".

Happy St Joseph's day!

March 19, 2010 at 6:48 AM

same to you, friend!

March 19, 2010 at 3:04 PM

oh, thank you for regarding me as a friend, I do appreciate, I have none too many, except as "facebook friends" and similar where friend = acquaintance = family = enemy = collegue = anything including also friend.

March 20, 2010 at 6:59 AM

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