Gaude Virgo, Mater Christi (Josquin des Prez)

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Editor: Kevin Skelton (added 2003-10-27).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 200 kbytes   Copyright:
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Editor: Moriwaki Michio - MAB Soloists (added 2002-03-17).   Score information: kbytes   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: zipped PostScript file, look under 'Score Library'

General Information

Title: Gaude Virgo, Mater Christi
Composer: Josquin Des Prez

Number of voices: 4vv  Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Motets
Language: Latin
Instruments: none, a cappella


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Original text and translations

Original text:

Latin.png Latin text

Gaude virgo, Mater Christi, quae per aurem concepisti,
Gabriele nuntio.
Gaude, quia Deo plena peperisti sine poena,
Cum pudoris lilio.
Gaude, quia tui Nati, quem dolebas mortem pati,
Fulget resurrectio.
Gaude, Christo ascendente, et in coelum te vidente,
Motu fertur proprio.
Gaude, quae post ipsum scandis, et est honor tibi grandis,
In coeli palatio.
Ubi fructus ventris tui per te detur nobis frui
In perenni gaudio. Alleluia.


English.png English translation

Rejoice, virgin, mother of Christ, who conceived through your ear by the messenger Gabriel.
Rejoice, for full of God, you gave birth without pain, retaining the lily of modesty.
Rejoice, for your son, whose death you mourned, shines in the resurrection.
Rejoice, for as Christ ascends, while you look on, into heaven, he is borne of his own accord.
Rejoice, you who ascend after him, for there is great honour for you in the palace of heaven.
May the fruit of your womb, through you, be given to us in everlasting joy. Alleluia.