Ave Virgo gloriosa (Richard Dering)

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  • (Posted 2011-07-16)  CPDL #23911:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-07-16).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 53 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a tone to A flat. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2010-01-07)  CPDL #20794:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-01-07).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 57 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Ave Virgo gloriosa
Composer: Richard Dering

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: ca. 1615
    2nd published: 1980 in The Chester Book of Motets, Book 9, no. 4

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ave Virgo gloriosa, favo mellis dulcior,
Mater Dei gloriosa, stella sole clarior:
Tu es illa speciosa, qua nulla est pulchrior,
rubicunda plus quam rosa, lilio candidior.

English.png English translation

Hail, glorious Virgin, sweeter than honey from the honeycomb,
Glorious Mother of God, star brighter than the sun:
You are that beautiful one, than whom nothing is more beautiful,
Redder than the rose, whiter than the lily.