Praeter rerum seriem (Sethus Calvisius)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-13)  CPDL #65474:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2021-08-13).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 196 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third for SAATBB.
  • (Posted 2021-08-13)  CPDL #65472:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2021-08-13).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 192 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch for ATTTBB.
  • (Posted 2020-12-19)  CPDL #62039:         
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2020-12-19).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 687 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score plus parts.

General Information

Title: Praeter rerum seriem
Composer: Sethus Calvisius

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1603 in Florilegium selectissimarum cantionum, no. 85
Description: Parodied from Josquin's setting. In line with Protestant Reformation teaching, the text of the final verse differs from Josquin's and takes the focus back to Jesus Christ, rather than Mary, the mother of God. (See correct translation below.)

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Praeter rerum seriem.

Latin.png Latin text

Praeter rerum seriem
Parit Deum et hominem
Virgo mater.
Nec vir tangit virginem,
Nec prolis originem
Novit pater.

Virtus sancti spiritus
Opus illud caelitus
Initus et exitus
Partus tui penitus
Quis scrutatur?

Dei providentia
Haec disponit omnia
Tam suave,
Et pios caelestia
Transfert in mysteria.
Puer ave.

English.png English translation

Beyond the normal chain of events
The Virgin Mother
Gives birth to God and to a man.
No man touches the Virgin
Nor does the father know
The origin of his offspring.

The power of the Holy Spirit
Achieves from Heaven
This miracle.
Who examines deeply
The ins and outs
Of your giving birth?

It is the providence of God
Which arranges all these things
So delightfully,
And transports the devout
Into the palaces of heaven.
Hail, Child!