Sermone blando (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2021-12-18)  CPDL #67159:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2021-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2020-05-21) 
CPDL #58736:  Original pitch for STTBarB:     
CPDL #58735:  Transposed up a major third for SAATB:     
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2020-05-21).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 324 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from the Byrd/Tallis Cantiones Sacrae of 1575. Original pitch and notes values retained. Plainsong added. The score includes a critical comentary.
  • (Posted 2008-04-24)  CPDL #16735:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-04-24).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 128 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Jan 09 (numerous errors corrected)

General Information

Title: Sermone blando
Composer: Thomas Tallis

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: STTBarB, ATTBB, or SAATB.
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, no. 16
    Manuscript c.1560-1590 in British Library Add. MS 30480-30484 (Hamond Partbooks) (two verses only, without underlay), no. 54

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Sermone blando angelus Predixit mulieribus
In Galilea Dominus Videndus est a totuis.

Illae dum pergunt concite Apostolis hoc dicere
Videntes eum vivere Osculantur pedes Domini.

Quo agnito discipuli In Galileam propere
Pergunt videre faciem Desideratam Domini.

Claro paschali gaudio Sol mundo nitet radio
Cum Christum jam apostoli Visu cernunt corporeo.

Ostensa sibi vulneras: In Christi carne fulgida
Resurrexisse Dominum Voce fatetur publica.

Rex Christe clementissime Tu corda nostra posside
Ut tibi laudes debitas Reddamus omni tempore.

Quaesumus auctor omnium In hoc paschali gaudio:
Ab omni mortis impetu tuum Defende populum.

Gloria tibi Domine, Qui surrexisti a mortuis
Cum Patre et Sancto Spiritu In sempiterna saecula.

English.png English translation

In sweet speech the angel foretold to the women
that the Lord would be seen by all in Galilee.

And as they hurried to tell this to the Apostles,
seeing him alive, they kissed the Lord’s feet.

When they learned this, the disciples hurried to Galilee
to see the face of the Lord they so desired.

With bright Easter joy the sun beams forth now
that the Apostles discern Christ with mortal eye.

Being shown the wounds shining forth in Christ’s flesh,
they made known to all people that the Lord had risen.

O Christ, most merciful King, possess our hearts
so that the praise we owe you we may return for all time.

We pray in this Easter joy, O Creator of all,
that you defend your people against every power of death.

Glory to you, O Lord, who rose from the dead,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit, throughout all ages.