O beata beatorum (Johannes Roullet)

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  • (Posted 2011-04-06)  CPDL #23338:      (XML)
Editor: Renato Calcaterra (submitted 2011-04-06).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 148 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O beata beatorum
Composer: Johannes Roullet

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STA
Genre: SacredMotetSequence hymn for a martyr

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript post 1445 in the Trent codices Manuscript tr87, no. 87-053
Description: Transcribed from the Trent Manuscript tr87

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O beata beatorum
martyrum sollemnia,
O devote recolenda
victorum certamina!
Digni dignis fulgent signis
et florent virtutibus,
Illos semper condecenter
veneremur laudibus.

Fide, voto, corde toto
adhæserunt Dómino,
Et invicti sunt addicti
atroci martyrio.
Carcerati, trucidati
tormentorum genera
Igne læsi, ferro cæsi
pertulerunt plurima.

Dum sic torti cedunt morti
carnis per interitum,
Ut electi sunt adepti
beatorum perennia.
Per contemptum mundanorum
et per bella fortia
Meruerunt angelorum
fieri consortia.

Ergo facti cohæredes
Christo in cælestibus,
Apud ipsum vota nostra
promovete precibus.
Ut post huius finem vitæ
et post transitoria
In perenni mereamur
exultare gloria.

English.png English translation

Blessèd feasts of blessèd martyrs,
Saintly days of saintly men,
With affection’s recollections
Greet we your return again.
Mighty deeds they wrought, and wonders,
While a frame of flesh they bore;
We, with meetest praise and sweetest,
Honor them forevermore.

Faith unblenching, hope unquenching,
Well-loved Lord, and single heart,
Thus they, glorious and victorious,
Bravely bore the martyr’s part.
Blood in slaughter poured like water,
Torments long and heavy chain,
Flame, and axe, and laceration,
They endured, and conquered pain.

While they passed through divers tortures,
Till they sank by death opprest,
Earth’s rejected were elected,
To have portion with the blest.
By contempt of worldly pleasures,
And by mighty battle done;
Have they merited with angels,
To be knit for ay in one.

Wherefore made co-heirs of glory,
Ye that sit with Christ on high,
Join to ours your supplication
As for grace and peace we cry,
That, this weary life completed,
And its many labors past,
We may merit to be seated
In our Father’s home at last. John Mason Neale, 1851.

87. 87. D