O quam beata lancea (Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck)

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  • (Posted 2012-09-17)  CPDL #27176:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-09-17).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key and note values.

General Information

Title: O quam beata lancea
Composer: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1619 in Cantiones sacrae, no. 21

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O quam beata lancea, quam beati clavi,
Qui Christi membra intrare metuerunt.
O si fuissem loco istius lanceae,
Nunquam e Christi latere exire voluissem,
Sed dixissem: haec requies mea in saeculum saeculi,
Hic habitabo, quoniam elegi eam.

English.png English translation

O blessed spear, O happy nails,
That fear to enter the body of Christ.
Oh, had I been in place of the lance,
Never would I leave the side of Christ,
But would say: this is my rest for ever and ever,
Here will I dwell, for I have chosen it.