O Maria, quis est infans (Agostino Soderini)

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  • (Posted 2016-07-05)  CPDL #40248:      (Finale 2006)
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General Information

Title: O Maria, quis est infans
Composer: Agostino Soderini
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in Sacrarum Cantionum octo et novem vocibus liber primus, Milan
Description: Christ-tide motet

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O Maria, quis est infans
inter arcta vagiens praesepia?
Verbum caro, panis verus,
Mundo Rector, caeli Deus.
O Maria, cur adorant collaudantes
Bos asellus et pastores?
Quia caeli comprensores Dei
concinunt amores, exultate venerantes.
Imo plaudimus psallentes,
et hymnorum dulcisona multiplicamus cantica.

English.png English translation

O Mary, who is that infant
weeping in a narrow stall?
Word made flesh, the true bread,
Ruler of the world and God of the heavens.
O Mary, why do ox, ass and shepherds worship,
joining in praise together?
Because they discern the Lord of heaven,
sing of their love, and rejoice worshipfully.
Let us, dancing, offer praise,
and multiply our songs with sweet-sounding hymns.