Cecilia virgo gloriosa (Pierre Certon)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2019-07-09).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 136 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Cecilia virgo gloriosa
Composer: Pierre Certon

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1542
Description: From Petri Certon...recens modulorum editio (book 2). A motet for St Cecilia's Day, used as the model for a parody mass by Clereau.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Cecilia virgo gloriosa semper evangelium Christi
gerebat in pectore suo;
non diebus neque noctibus a colloquiis divinis
et oratione vacabat.

Dum aurora finem daret, Cecilia dixit:
Eya milites Christi,
abjicite opera tenebrarum
et induimini arma lucis.

English.png English translation

That glorious virgin Cecilia always carried
the gospel of Christ in her breast;
In neither day nor night did she cease
from communion with God or from prayer.

As dawn broke, Cecilia said:
"Huzza, soldiers of Christ,
Cast away the works of darkness
and wear the armour of light".

(trans Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)