O quanta qualia (Peter Abelard)

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  • (Posted 2012-10-23)  CPDL #27441:   
Editor: Tristan Meares (submitted 2012-10-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 24 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Latin original version by Peter Abelard.
  • (Posted 2012-10-23)  CPDL #27442:   
Editor: Tristan Meares (submitted 2012-10-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 21 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: English translation by J.M. Neale.
  • (Posted 2012-10-23)  CPDL #27443:   
Editor: Tristan Meares (submitted 2012-10-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 24 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: English translation by J.D. Chambers, in Lauda Syon (1857).

General Information

Title: O Quanta Qualia
Composer: Peter Abelard
Lyricists: Peter Abelard, John Mason Neale and John David Chambers

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo medium
Genre: SacredHymn

Languages: Latin, English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Words and music by Peter Abelard.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

1
O quanta, qualia sunt illa sabbata
quae semper celebrat superna curia.
quae fessis requies, quae merces fortibus,
cum erit omnia Deus in omnibus.

2
Vere Ierusalem est illa civitas,
cuius pax iugis est, summa iucunditas,
ubi non praevenit rem desiderium,
nec desiderio minus est praemium.

3
Quis rex, quae curia, quale palatium,
quae pax, quae requies, quod illud gaudium,
huius participes exponant gloriam,
si quantum sentiunt, possint exprimere.

4
Nostrum est interim mentem erigere
et totis patriam votis appetere,
et ad Ierusalem a Babylonia
post longa regredi tandem exilia.

5
Illic molestiis finitis omnibus
securi cantica Sion cantibimus,
et iuges gratias de donis gratiae
beata referet plebs tibi, Domine.

6
Illic ex sabbato succedet sabbatum,
perpes laetitia sabbatizantium,
nec ineffabiles cessabunt iubili,
quos decantabimus et nos et angeli.

7
Perenni Domino perpes sit gloria,
ex quo sunt, per quem sunt, in quo sunt omnia;
ex quo sunt, Pater est; per quem sunt, Filius;
in quo sunt, Patris et Filii Spiritus.