Felix namque es (William Byrd)

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Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-12-09).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Oct 08

General Information

Title: Felix namque es
Composer: William Byrd
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: a cappella
Published: Gradualia I (1605), no. 19

Description: Offertory for Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin from Christmas to Easter, and Matins Responsory in the Common of Feasts of the Blessed Virgin

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Original text and translations

Original text:

Latin.png Latin text

Felix namque
es sacra Virgo Maria
et omni laude dignissima,
quia ex te ortus
est sol justitiae,
Christus Deus noster.


Translation(s):

English.png English translation

For thou art happy,
O sacred Virgin Mary,
and most worthly of all praise,
since out of thee hath
arisen the sun of justice,
Christ our Lord.