Gressum cepit cum concepit Maria (Ludwig Senfl)

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  • (Posted 2019-07-28)  CPDL #54912:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2019-07-28).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A semi-diplomatic edition. Note-values and Key are as in the original. Ficta is added sparingly. Text-underlay to the larger part follows that of the Manuscript. The text to the other stanzas of the hymn are included as is one of the chant melodies associated with the hymn in other sources.

General Information

Title: Gressum cepit cum concepit Maria
Composer: Ludwig Senfl

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1510 –1535 in 72 Sacred Songs (BSB 52)
Description: A setting of two stanzas (2. and 5.) from the hymn In Mariam vitæ viam for The feast of the visitation of the Virgin Maria. The setting is from Ms without title 72 sacred songs - BSB 52 where no composer is ascribed to it.

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Original text and translations

The whole hymn according to Hymnale Secundum Usum Insignis Ac Praeclarae Ecclesiae Sarisburiensis (1850):

(The stanzas in Senfls setting are in bold.)

Latin.png Latin text

In Mariam vitæ viam
Matrem vere viventium
Pie venit Qui redemit
Peccata delinquentium;

Gressum cepit, cum concepit,
Maria multum properans,
Visitavit, confortavit
Elizabeth compatiens;

Salutatur inflammatur
Elizabeth et Filius,
Inaudita fiunt ita
De dono Sancti Spiritus;

Impregnata, gravidata,
Mater olim sterilis,
Infans datus nondum natus
Exultat Christo iubilis.

Servit maior, gaudet minor,
Maria fert solatium
Visitatis, præparatis
Ad spiritum propheticum.

Præcursorem et doctorem
Maria plebi indicat,
Qui Rectorem, Purgatorem
Digito mundi nuntiat.

Leva plebem, duc ad Regem
Maria cunctos visitans,
Ut salvetur et lætetur
Cum tu sis mater medians.

Honor Deo Vivo, Vero,
Per infinita sæcula,
Qui nos regat et protegat
Materna per oracula. Amen.