Videte miraculum (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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  • (Posted 2021-01-19)  CPDL #62445:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2021-01-19).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Videte miraculum
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1553 in Ecclesiasticarum cantionum quinque vocum, liber 8, no. 5
    2nd published: 1559 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Berg and Neuber), Volume 2, no. 65
Description: Source: Susato, Liber octavus eccles. cant. 5 vocum, 1553. Part Two, in which Simeon rejoices at the birth of Jesus, differs in text from the well-known settings by Tallis and by Mundy.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Videte miraculum matris Domini:
concepit virgo virilis ignara consortii,
stans onerata nobili onere Maria;
et matrem se laetam cognoscit,
quae se nescit uxorem.
Suscipiens autem Jesum in ulnas suas
Symeon exclamavit et dixit: tu es vere lumen
ad illuminationem gentium et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

English.png English translation

Behold the miracle of the mother of the Lord:
a virgin has conceived though she knows not a man,
Mary, who stands laden with her noble burden;
knowing not that she is a wife,
she rejoices to be a mother.
Taking Jesus in his arms, Simeon exclaimed:
‘Truly you are the light to show the way for all
and to be the glory of your people Israel.’