Memento salutis auctor (William Byrd)

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  • CPDL #08509:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-11-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 101 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Sept 08. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Memento salutis auctor
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1605 in Gradualia I, no. 55

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Memento, salutis Auctor,
quod nostri quondam corporis,
ex illibata Virgine
nascendo, formam sumpseris.
Maria, mater gratiae,
mater misericordiae,
tu nos ab hoste protege,
et hora mortis suscipe.
Gloria tibi, Domine,
qui natus es de Virgine,
cum Patre et Sancto Spiritu
in sempiterna saecula. Amen.

English.png English translation

Remember, O Creator Lord,
that in the Virgin's sacred womb
Thou wast conceived, and of her flesh
didst our mortality assume.
Mother of grace, O Mary blest,
to thee, sweet fount of love, we fly;
shield us through life, and take us hence
to thy dear bosom when we die.
O Jesu! born of Mary bright!
Immortal glory be to Thee;
praise to the Father infinite,
and Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.