Hic est praecursor dilectus (Jan Tollius)

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  • (Posted 2014-05-09)  CPDL #31935:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2014-05-09).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 136 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down from the original a-minor.

General Information

Title: Hic est praecursor dilectus
Composer: Jan Tollius

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredMotetResponsory at Matins for John the Baptist

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1591 in Motectorum quinque vocum, Liber primus

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Hic est praecursor dilectus
et lucerna lucens ante Dominum.
Ipse enim est Ioannes
qui viam Domino praeparavit in eremo.
Sed et Agnum Dei demonstravit
et illuminavit mentes hominum.

English.png English translation

 This is the well-beloved Fore-runner,
a shining light before the Lord.
For even this is John,
who made straight in the desert an highway for our God
And bare witness, saying Behold the Lamb of God!
And lightened the minds of men.