Inspice vulnera a 8 (Melchior Franck)

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  • (Posted 2013-05-02)  CPDL #29005:       
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2013-05-02).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 159 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Inspice vulnera a 8, secunda pars Haec quanta sint
Composer: Melchior Franck
Lyricist: Augustine of Hippo

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1607 in Melodiarum sacrarum, no. 21-22
Description: Passion motet.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Inspice vulnera pendentis,
sanguinem morientis,
pretium redimentis,
cicatrices resurgentis.
Caput habet inclinatum ad osculandum,
cor apertum ad diligendum,
brachia extensum ad amplexandum,
totum corpus expositum ad redimendum.

Haec, quanta sint, cogitate;
Hoc in statera vestri cordis appendite;
ut totus vobis figatur in corde,
qui pro vobis totus fixus est in Cruce.
Augustine, De Virgin.

English.png English translation

Gaze on His wounds, as He hangs,
on His blood, as He dies;
see the price, offered by the Redeemer,
and the scars of His Resurrection.
He bows his head, as if to kiss you,
His heart is bared open, as it were, in love to you,
His arms are extended, that He may embrace you;
His whole body is displayed for your redemption.

Think how great these things are;
Let all this be well weighed in your mind;
That, as He once was fixed to the Cross in every part for you,
so may He now be fixed in every part of your soul.
James Ford 1849