Egressus ejus a patre (Michael Praetorius)

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Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2011-09-19).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 34 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original key.

General Information

Title: Egressus ejus a patre
Composer: Michael Praetorius
Lyricist: Ambrose of Milan

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Hymnodia Sionia, no. 7

Description: this is a setting of the fifth verse of Veni redemptor gentium. Other verses of the hymn published in Hymnodia Sionia include:
No. 1: verse 1, Veni redemptor gentium (a 4)
No. 8: verse 6, Aequalis aeterno patri (a 4)
No. 9: verse 7, Praesepe jam fulget tuum (a 2)
No. 10: verse 8 (or verse 1), Deo patri sit gloria (a 7)

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Egressus eius a patre,
regressus eius ad patrem
excursus usque ad infernos
recursus ad sedem Dei.

English.png English translation

by Philip Schaff

From God the Father He proceeds,
To God the Father back He speeds:
Proceeds—as far as very hell:
Speeds back—to light ineffable.