O Jesu, nomen dulce, SWV 308 (Heinrich Schütz)

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  • (Posted 2018-06-05)  CPDL #50012:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-06-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the Spitta edition on IMSLP. Clefs modernised.
  • (Posted 2002-04-29)  CPDL #03562:  IMSLP.png
Editor: Vincent Carpentier (submitted 2002-04-29).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 224 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: from 'Kleine geistliche Konzerte' SWV 308, link revised October 6, 2004. Scroll down to Jesu, nomen dulce, SWV 308 (three times).

General Information

Title: O Jesu, nomen dulce, SWV 308
Composer: Heinrich Schütz

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Tenor solo
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1639 in Kleine geistliche Konzerte II, Op. 9, no. 3
    2nd published: 1887 in Heinrich Schütz: Sämtliche Werke, Volume 6, no. 27
    3rd published: 1963 in Neue Schütz-Ausgabe, Volume 10, no. 17

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O Jesu nomen dulce
Nomen admirabile
Nomen confortans
Quid enim canitur suavius
Quid auditur jucundius
Quid cogitatur dulcius
Quam Jesus Dei filius.

O nomen Jesu, verus animae cibus
In ore mel, in aure melos,
in corde laetitia mea
Tuum itaque nomen, dulcissime Jesu,
in aeternum in ore meo portabo.

English.png English translation

O Jesus, sweet name!
Admirable name!
Comforting name!
What truly is sung more sweetly?
What is heard more pleasantly?
What is thought of more dear?
Who but Jesus, God’s Son?

O name of Jesus, true food of the soul!
Honey in my mouth, song in my ear,
source of delight in my heart!
Therefore your name, sweetest Jesus,
I will carry in my mouth into eternity!