Vita sanctorum / Christe sanctorum (Michael Praetorius)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-06)  CPDL #53176:       
Editor: Aristotle Aure Esguerra (submitted 2019-02-06).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 196 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Vita sanctorum texts underlaid; lowered m3; odd-numbered chant verses included; chant Amen included.
  • (Posted 2012-05-04)  CPDL #26090:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2012-05-04).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 18 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original key; note values halved.

General Information

Title: Vita sanctorum / Christe sanctorum
Composer: Michael Praetorius
Lyricists: Walafrid Strabo and Rabanus Maurus

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Hymnodia Sionia, no. 78
Description: This setting has two texts underlaid. "Vita sanctorum" is a hymn for Eastertide; "Christe sanctorum" is for Michaelmas.

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Vita sanctorum, decus angelorum.

Latin.png Latin text

Vita sanctorum, decus angelorum,
vita cunctorum pariter piorum,
Christe, qui mortis moriens ministrum
Walafrid Strabo

English.png English translation

Life of thy saints and glory of thine angels,
Christ, who art life of all who strive to love thee,
Who by thy dying on the cross didst vanquish
Death's ministration.
tr. Alan G. McDougall, 1916

Latin.png Latin text

Christe, sanctorum, decus angelorum,
auctor humani generisque rector,
supplices nobis tribuas rogamus
scandere coelum.
attr. Rabanus Maurus

English.png English translation

Christ, the fair glory of the holy Angels,
Thou who hast made us, Thou who o'er us rulest,
Grant of Thy mercy unto us Thy servants
Steps up to heaven.
tr. W.A. Merrill, 1904