Martyr Dei qui unicum (John Sheppard)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-15)  CPDL #53301:     
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2019-02-15).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 436 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from the Baldwin Partbooks at source pitch with halved note values. The missing Tenor part has been reconstructed by the editor. A critical commentary is appended to the score.

General Information

Title: Martyr Dei qui unicum
Composer: John Sheppard

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTBarB
Genre: SacredOffice hymn for Lauds (or in the Sarum Rite First Vespers and Matins) of One Martyr in the Common of Martyrs

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript ca. 1575 in The Baldwin Partbooks, no. 116

Description: Alternatim setting of vv. 2 & 4

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Martyr Dei, qui unicum
Patris sequendo Filium,
Victis triumphans hostibus,
Victor fruens caelestibus.

Tui precatus munere
Nostrum reatum dilue,
Arcens mali contagium,
Vitae removens taedium.

Soluta sunt jam vincula
Tui sacrati corporis:
Nos solve vinclis saeculi
Amore Filii Dei.

Gloria tibi, Domine,
Qui surrexisti a mortuis,
Cum Patre et Sancto Spiritu
In sempiterna saecula. Amen.

English.png English translation

Martyr of God, who followed
The Father's only Son,
And, triumphing o'er your vanquished foes,
Rejoices, victorious, in heavenly bliss.

By your prayers in heaven offered
Wash away the charge we face;
Avert the stain of evil from us,
And draw from life its weariness.

The bonds which held you now are broken
From your body sanctified:
Release us from the bonds of this age
By your love for God's own son.

Glory be to you, O Lord,
Who from the dead arose,
With the Father and the Holy Spirit,
Through unending ages. Amen.
 Philip Krinks