Pater a nullo factus (Sampson I)

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  • (Posted 2014-04-12)  CPDL #31642:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2014-04-12).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 130 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Pater a nullo factus
Composer: Sampson I
Lyricist:: Presumably St. Athanasius, one-time bishop of Alexandria. The text comes from the so-called Athanasian Creed. Some minor differences in Latin wording.

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SacredMotet to the Holy Trinity

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1538 in Nürnberg (Formschleider)
  2nd published: 1541 in Trium vocum cantiones, no. 31
  3rd published: 1559 by Montanus et Neubeurus, Nürnberg
Description: The 1538 edition from Nürnberg (Formschleider) misses the partbook for tenor 2. This was supplied from the 1559 edition by Montanus et Neubeurus, also in Nürnberg.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Pater a nullo est factus nec creatus nec genitus
Filius a Patre solo est non factus nec creatus sed genitus
Spiritus a Patre et Filio non factus nec creatus nec genitus sed procedens
Unus ergo Pater non tres Patres
unus Filius unus Spiritus Sanctus,
non tres Spiriti Sancti
et in hac Trinitate nihil prius aut posterius
nihil magis aut minus
sed totae tres Personae coaeternae sibi sunt
et coaequales.
sicut iam supra dictum est
et unitas in Trinitate veneranda sit
qui vult ergo salvus esse
ita de Trinitate sentiat.

English.png English translation

The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone; not made nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
And in this Trinity none is afore or after another; none is greater or less than another.
But the whole three persons are coeternal, and coequal.
So that in all things, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.