O magne pater (Hildegard von Bingen)

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Editor: Jeffrey Quick (submitted 2023-09-17).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 385 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Edition in quasi-Solesmes neumes, for my chant schola. Conflation of the two original sources, based on the edition by Barth et al with reference to the original manuscripts. Not meant to be musicologically legit at all.
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Editor: Allison Mondel (submitted 2022-02-02).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Antiphon for God the Father. Transcribed from Riesencodex f.466r. One has to give his full name and e-mail address to see the file.

General Information

Title: O magne pater
Composer: Hildegard von Bingen
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: unison
Genre: SacredAntiphon

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O magne Pater,
in magna necessitate sumus.
Nunc igitur obsecramus,
obsecramus te
per Verbum tuum,
per quod nos constituisti plenos
quibus indigemus.
Nunc placeat tibi, Pater,
quia te decet,
ut aspicias in nos
per adiutorium tuum,
ut non deficiamus,
et ne nomen tuum in nobis obscuretur,
et per ipsum nomen tuum
dignare nos adiuvare.

English.png English translation

O great Father,
we are in terrible need.
Therefore now we implore,
we beg you,
through your Word,
by which you have made us full with the things
we stand in want of.
May it suit you now, Father,
because it befits you,
to look upon us
through your mercy,
lest we fall short,
and that your name not be lost to us,
and by your very name
deign to help us.
Translation by Hugh McElroy