Beatus Johannes (Adrian Willaert)

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  • (Posted 2019-08-06)  CPDL #54996:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2019-08-06).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 993 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: The Medici Codex, ed. Edward E. Lowinsky, 1968. Notation here is at the original pitch with time values halved. Translation by Quintus. Text underlay and editorial accidentals by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 24 Jun 2019

General Information

Title: Beatus Johannes
Composer: Adrian Willaert

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet for John the Evangelist (Dec. 27)

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Motetti libro secondo a quattro voci, Edition 1, no. 19

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Beátus Johánnes apóstolus
et evangelísta,
de núptiis vocátus,
et vírgo eléctus a Dómino,
átque ínter céteros mágis diléctus,
válde honorándus est,
qui súpra péctus Dómini
in céna recúbuit.

Ipse est qui evangélii fluénta
de ípso sácro domínici pectóris fónte
cum potásset,
quási únus de paradísi flumínibus
vérbi Déi grátiam
in tóto terrárum órbe diffúdit.
Sáncte Johánnes,
óra pro nóbis ad Dóminum.

English.png English translation

Saint John, the Apostle
and Evangelist,
called to be unmarried,
a virgin chosen by the Lord
and among others more beloved,
is to be greatly honored,
who lay upon the breast of the Lord
at supper.

He it is who, having drunk the running
waters of the Gospel from the actual
sacred spring of the Lord's heart,
like one of the rivers of paradise,
spread the grace of the word of God
over the entire world.
Saint John,
pray for us to the Lord.