Pastores dicite (Giovanni Matteo Asola)

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  • (Posted 2020-11-13)  CPDL #61343:         
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2020-11-13).   Score information: A4, 25 pages, 222 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Semi-diplomatic edition, Full score and scores for the separate choires in one doc.
  • (Posted 2016-06-14)  CPDL #40022:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2016-06-14).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 69 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Pastores dicite
Composer: Giovanni Matteo Asola
Lyricist: Latin antiphoncreate page

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1600 in Sacro Sanctae Dei laudes, no. 3
Description: Motet for Christmas Day.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Pastores dicite quidnam vidistis in stabulo.
Natum vidimus.
Annunciate nobis quis apparuit.
Jesum natum de Maria virgine.
Quid audistis in praesepio?
Angelorum carmina.
Quaeramus ergo cum pastoribus Verbum incarnatum,
Cantemus cum hominibus Regem seculorum,
Et cum choris angelorum collaudemus Dominum.

English.png English translation

Tell us, shepherds, what you see in the stable.
We see the new-born.
Announce to us who is appearing.
Jesus born of the virgin Mary.
What do you hear in the crib?
A choir of angels.
So let us, with the shepherds, seek the Word incarnate,
Let us, with mankind, sing to the King of ages.
And with the angelic host let us praise the Lord.