- Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2013-12-30). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 73 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Original key and note values, modern clefs.
Title: O Maria, templum Dei
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: STTB
Genre: Sacred, Motet
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1554 in Ecclesiasticarum cantionum quatuor vocum, liber 4, no. 13
Description: A prayer addressed to the Virgin Mary, with a unique text so far as the editor knows. Clefs in source: C1, C3, C4, F4.
Original text and translations
O Maria templum Dei,
firmamentum mei spei,
audi preces huius rei,
labem purga cordis mei,
Mundum ornas novo flore,
prolem gignis miro more,
virgo manens cum pudore
novi floris gratia.
O Mary, temple of God,
mainstay of my hope,
fount of female compassion,
hear the prayers of this wicked person,
cleanse the fault within my bosom,
wash away (my) sins.
You adorn the world with a new flower,
giving birth to a son in an amazing way,
while remaining a chaste virgin,
for the sake of the new flower.
Translation by Mick Swithinbank