Velichit Dusha Moya Gospoda (Sergei Rachmaninoff)

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  • (Posted 2015-12-31)  CPDL #38021:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-12-31).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 173 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Words in Church Slavonic, with transliteration underneath.

General Information

Title: Величит Душа Mоя Господа (Velichit Dusha Moya Gospoda ), My soul exalts the Lord
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: Sacred

Language: Church Slavonic
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1915 by Russian Music Publisher in Moscow
Description: Всенощное бдение (All-Night Vigil), Op. 37, No. 11. Unequal measures. For other translations, see Magnificat.

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Original text and translations

Church_Slavonic.png Church Slavonic text

Bеличит Душа Моя Господа,
и возрадовася дух Мой о Бозе Спасе Моем.
Честнейшую Херувим и славнейшую без сравнения Серафим,
без истления Бога Слова рождшую,
сущую Богородицу, Тя величаем.
Яко призре на смирение рабы Своея,
Се бо от ныне ублажат Мя вси роди.
Яко сотвори Мне величие Сильный,
и святоящи мся Его.
Яко сотвори Мне величие Сильный, и свято имя Его, и милость Его в роды родов боящимся Его.
Низложи сильныя со престол и вознесе смиренныя
алчущия исполни благ и богатящияся отпусти тщи.
Восприят Израиля отрока Своего, помянути милости,
Якоже глагола ко отцем нашим, Аврааму и семени его, даже до века.

English.png English translation

My soul exalts the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in my Savior God.
More holy than the Cherubim, and more glorious than the incomparable Seraphim,
God who gave birth to the Word without corruption,
true Mother of God, we magnify you.
You have shone on your humble servant,
see, I will be called blessed by all generations.
He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and his name is holy.
You have done great things for me, and holy is His Name, and His mercy is from generation to generation to those who fear Him.
He has deposed the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the humble and meek.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and let the rich become empty.
Consider your servant Israel and remember your mercy,
promised to your servant Abraham and his descendants, even forever.

Translation by Barry Johnston