Lætabundus (Carlotta Ferrari)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-09)  CPDL #56225:     
Editor: Carlotta Ferrari (submitted 2019-12-09).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 247 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: scan of Gregorian chant included

General Information

Title: Lætabundus
Composer: Carlotta Ferrari
Lyricist: Bernard of Clairvaux (attributed)

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicings: SA or TB
Genre: SacredSequence hymn

Language: Latin
Instruments: Organ

First published: 2019
Description: This very ancient Sequence was excluded from the Roman Missal in 1570 but survived in other traditions including Gallican, Sarum, Dominican and Carmelite liturgies. It is sung at various points during Christmas-tide, from the Masses of Christmas Day to as late as Candlemas.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Exultet fidelis chorus:
Regem Regum
Intactæ profudit thorus:
Res miranda.
Angelus consilii
Natus eat de Virgine,
Sol de stella;
Sol occasum nesciens,
Stella semper rutilans,
Semper clara.

English.png English translation

Faithful people,
Sweeten all your song with gladness.
Matchless maiden
Bringeth forth the Prince of princes:
O! the marvel.
Virgin compasseth a man,
Yea, the angel of the plan:
Star the Dayspring.
Day that sunset shall not close,
Star that light on all bestows,
Ever cloudless.

This text consists of the first two stanzas of Laetabundus.