O beatum pontificem (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2012-06-20)  CPDL #26541:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-06-20).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Musica Divina Vol. II Liber motettorum (ed. Karl Proske, 1854). Original key and note values.

General Information

Title: O beatum pontificem

Composer: Luca Marenzio

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet for the feast of St. Martin, bishop & confessor.

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1585 in Motectorum pro festis totius anni, no. 29
    2nd published: 1854 in Musica Divina Vol. II (Carl Proske), p. 130

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O beatum Pontificem, qui totis visceribus diligebat Christum Regem, et non formidabat imperii principatum:
O Martine dulcedo, medicamentum et medice:
O sanctissima anima, quam etsi gladius persecutoris non abstulit,
Palmam tamen martyrii non amisit.

English.png English translation

O blessed bishop, who loved Christ the King with all thine inward parts and did not fear the sovereignty of the empire:
O Martin, sweetness, medicine, and physician:
O holiest soul, which if the sword of the persecutor had not taken away,
nevertheless would not have lost the martyr's palm.