Stella caeli (Walter Lambe)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-21)  CPDL #35839:     
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2015-06-21).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 982 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: The Eton Choirbook III, ed. Frank Ll. Harrison, 1961. Notation here is at the original pitch with time values halved, and many notes traded between parts to facili tate SATB performance. Text in italics is red in the original and intended for soloists or a small group. Translation, text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 27 Aug 2013.

General Information

Title: Stella caeli
Composer: Walter Lambe

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript c. 1500 – 1520 in Eton Choirbook, no. 61

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Stélla caéli exstirpávit
Quae lactávit Dóminum
Mórtis péstem quam plantávit
Prímus párens hóminum.
Ipsa stélla nunc dignétur
Sídera compéscere,
Quórum bélla plébem caédunt
Dírae mórtis úlcere.

O gloriósa stélla máris
A péste succúre nóbis:
Audi nos, nam te fílius
Níhil négans honórat.
Sálva nos, Jésu!

Pro quíbus vírgo máter te órat.

English.png English translation

The star of heaven, she who
suckled the Lord, has uprooted
the scourge of death which the
first parent of mankind planted.
That very star is now worthy
to encompass the world,
whose wars cut down the people
with the sore of dreaded death.

O glorious star of the sea,
save us from the scourge:
Hear us, for the son,
denying nothing, honors you.
Save us, Jesus!

For us, the virgin mother entreats you.