Crux triumphans (Loyset Compère)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-29)  CPDL #36335:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2015-07-29).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 895 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: L. Compère: Opera omnia, ed. L. Finscher, CMM, 1958-72. Notation here is a fourth higher than the original with note values halved. Translation, text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers. 29 Sep 2007

General Information

Title: Crux triumphans
Composer: Loyset Compère

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript c.1497 in Cappella Sistina MS 15, no. 52
First published: 1502 in Motetti A, no. 6
    2nd published: 1538 in Selectae Harmoniae quatuor vocum de Passione Domini (Georg Rhau), no. 5

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Crux triúmphans décus poténtium,
crux a Chrísto sáncta et amábilis,
nóstra sálus et desidérium,
spes nóstra et róbur fortitúdinis
sánguine Jésu tíncta et decoráta,
crux spléndens a fónte lúminis,
adorámus te, peccatóres nímis,
ut víta nóstra tíbi póssit ésse gráta.

Jésus! nómen dígnum triumphále,
Jésus! nómen excédens ómnia,
Jésus! súper ómnes núllum tále,
Jésus! ómnium spes única,
mea tíbi pándo peccáta
píe clámans misericórdiam.
Tu es Jésus, pax et protéctio,
indígnus támen ad te vénio,
ut me tráhas ad túam glóriam.

English.png English translation

Triumphant cross, jewel of the mighty,
cross by Christ made holy and beloved,
our deliverance and longing,
our hope and tree of strength
with Jesus' blood imbued and adorned,
cross shining in a fountain of light,
we worship you, we grievous sinners,
that our life may be pleasing to you.

Jesus! name worthy of triumph,
Jesus! name exceeding all,
Jesus! above all, there is none such,
Jesus! the only hope of all,
to you I confess my sins
piously crying for mercy.
You are Jesus, peace and protection,
I am unworthy, yet I come to you,
that you might take me to your glory.