Jesu dulcis memoria II (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2010-07-24)  CPDL #21891:       
Editor: Mats Lillhannus (submitted 2010-07-01).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The edition may be freely copied, performed or recorded.

General Information

Title: Jesu dulcis memoria
Composer: Anonymous

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1582 in Piae Cantiones, Edition 1, no. 33
Description: This work also appears in the second edition of Piae Cantiones (1625).

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Jesu dulcis memoria
dans vera cordis gaudia:
sed super mel et omnia
ejus dulcis præsentia.

Jesus, dulcedo cordium,
fons veri, lumen mentium,
excedens omne gaudium
et omne desiderium.

Sed super mel et omnia
ejus dulcis presentia:
nil canitur suavius,
auditur nil jucundius
quam Jesu Dei filium.

Jesu mihi essentiam,
amoris tui copiam:
Jesu largitor veniae,
honor coelestis patriae,
tu fons misericordiae.

English.png English translation

The sweet memory of Jesus
gives true happiness of the heart:
but better than honey and anything else
is his sweet presence.

Jesus, kindness of the hearts,
fountain of truth, light of the minds,
surpassing all joy
and all desire.

Nothing is sung more suavely,
and nothing is heard more delightfully
than Jesus, son of God.

Jesus, for me vital essence is
the abundance of your love:
Jesus, giver of pardon,
honour of the heavenly kingdom,
fountain of misericordy.

Translation by Campelli