Rorate caeli

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Rorate caeli (sometimes spelled cæli, celi, coeli or cœli) is drawn from Isaiah 45:8. It has two common uses: as the Introit for the 4th Sunday of Advent (with the verse cœli enarrant from Psalm 18 and doxology Gloria Patri, both of which which may or may not be set to polyphony) and as the refrain of the Advent prose, sung throughout Advent.

See also Rorate caeli (Traditional), a metrical paraphrase of the choral O Heiland reiss den Himmel auf.

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Text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Rorate caeli desuper
et nubes pluant iustum.
Aperiatur terra
et germinet salvatorem.

versus: Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei: et opera
manuum ejus annuntiat firmamentum. Gloria Patri &c.

English.png English translation

Drop down, ye heavens, from above,
and let the skies pour down righteousness:
let the earth open,
and let it bring forth a Saviour.

V: The heavens declare the glory of God:
and the firmament showeth [sheweth (BCP)] his handiwork. Glory be…

Czech.png Czech translation

Rosu dejte nebesa s hůry, a nejvyšší oblakové dštěte spravedlnost;
otevři se země, a ať vzejde spasení.

Danish.png Danish translation

Lad regne, I Himle deroppe, nedsend Retfærd,
I Skyer, Jorden åbne sit Skød, så Frelse må spire frem og Retfærd vokse tillige.

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Drupt, gij hemelen! van boven af, en dat de wolken vloeien van gerechtigheid;
en de aarde opene zich, en dat allerlei heil uitwasse.

Finnish.png Finnish translation

Tiukkukaa, te taivaat, ylhäältä, vuotakoot pilvet vanhurskautta.
Avautukoon maa ja antakoon hedelmänänsä pelastuksen.

French.png French translation

Que les cieux répandent d'en haut Et que les nuées laissent couler la justice!
Que la terre s'ouvre, que le salut y fructifie.

German.png German translation

Träufelt, ihr Himmel, von oben, und ihr Wolken, regnet Gerechtigkeit!
Die Erde tue sich auf und bringe den Erlöser hervor.

Translation by Peter Rottländer
Ihr Himmel, tauet von oben herab,
und ihr Wolken, regnet den Gerechten.
Die Erde öffne sich
und aus ihr sprieße der Heiland.

V: Die Himmel sprechen von der Ehre Gottes,
Und das Firmament verkündet die Werke seiner Hände. Ehre sei…

Italian.png Italian translation

Cieli, stillate dall’alto, e faccian le nuvole piover la giustizia!
S’apra la terra, e sia ferace di salvezza.

Norwegian.png Norwegian translation

Drypp, I himler, fra oven, og fra skyene strømme rettferdighet ned!
Jorden skal åpne sig og bære frelse som frukt.

Polish.png Polish translation

Spuście niebiosa rosę z góry, a obłoki niech kropią sprawiedliwość;
niech się otworzy ziemia, a niech wyrośnie zbawienie.

Portuguese.png Portuguese translation

Destilai, ó céus, dessas alturas, e as nuvens chovam justiça;
abra-se a terra, e produza a salvação.

Russian.png Russian translation

Кропите, небеса, свыше, и облака да проливают правду;
да раскроется земля и приносит спасение, и да произрастает вместе правда.

Spanish.png Spanish translation

Rociad, cielos, de arriba, y las nubes destilen la justicia;
ábrase la tierra, y prodúzcanse la salud.

Swedish.png Swedish translation

Drypen, I himlar därovan, och må skyarna låta rättfärdighet strömma ned.
Må jorden öppna sig, och må dess frukt bliva frälsning.

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