O gloriosa Dei genitrix (Nicolas Gombert)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-02)  CPDL #56489:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2020-01-02).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch and note values.

General Information

Title: O gloriosa Dei genitrix
Composer: Nicolas Gombert

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: STTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1534 in Motettorum, Book 1 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 21
    2nd published: 1539 in Musica quatuor vocum liber primus, Edition 1, no. 6
Description: Marian motet. The second half of the text makes it appropriate for the feast of the Assumption.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O gloriosa Dei genitrix, virgo semper Maria,
quae dominum omnium meruisti portare
et regem angelorum sola virgo lactare,
nostri quaesumus pia memorare
et pro nobis Christum deprecare
ut tuis fulti patrociniis ad celestia regna,
mereamur pervenire.

Quae est ista quae ascendit,
sicut aurora consurgens,
pulchra ut luna electa ut sol,
terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinata.

English.png English translation

Glorious mother of God, Mary, for ever a virgin,
who was found worthy to bear the lord of all
and, alone among all people, to suckle the king of the angels,
we beg you kindly to remember us
and, on our behalf, to pray Christ
so that, through your intercession
we may be admitted to the heavenly realms.

Who is she who rises like the dawn,
fair as the moon, bright as the sun,
terrible as an army arrayed for battle?