Virginibus sacris fit vox (Johannes Lupi)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-17)  CPDL #58677:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2020-05-17).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 1.11 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Johannis Lupi: Opera omnia, ed. Bonnie J. Blackburn, CMM 84, II, 1986. Notation here is a minor third higher than the original, with time values halved. Text underlay and editorial accidentals by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 14 May 2020

General Information

Title: Virginibus sacris fit vox
Composer: Johannes Lupi

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1553 in Ecclesiasticarum cantionum quinque vocum, liber 7 (Susato), no. 7
Description: Concerning the legend of Saint Ursula and 11,000 virgins (Oct. 21) slaughtered by Huns after a sea voyage in the 4th century.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Virgínibus sácris fit vox praenúntia mórtis.
Signátur téllus, gládius tortórque cruéntus.
Péctora virgínea non frágunt tália dícta.

Milibus undénis pro Chrísti nómine pássis,
virgínibus sácris solvámus múnia láudis.
óccúrrit spónsus réddens sponsália laétus.
Solvámus múnia láudis.

English.png English translation

To the holy virgins was given a prophecy of death.
The country is confirmed, the sword, and the bloody torturer.
The maidenly breasts are not discouraged by such predictions.

Since eleven thousand suffered for Christ's name,
to the holy virgins let us fulfill the obligation of praise.
The joyful bridegroom hastens to the betrothal feast.
Let us fulfill the obligation of praise.