Ave stella matutina (Pierre de Manchicourt)

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  • (Posted 2017-03-15)  CPDL #43577:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2017-03-15).   Score information: A4, 18 pages, 133 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third, which is reasonably suitable for SATTB.

General Information

Title: Ave stella matutina
Composer: Pierre de Manchicourt
Lyricist: Simon Stock

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Motettorum, Book 14, no. 4
    2nd published: 1553 in Ecclesiasticarum cantionum quinque vocum, liber 5, no. 15
Description: The original clefs were G2, C2, C3, C3, F3.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ave stella matutina,
mundi princeps et regina,
virgo sola digna dici,
contra tela inimici,
clipeum pone salutis
tui titulum virtutis.
Tu es enim virga Iesse
in qua Deus fecit esse
Aaron amygdalum,
mundi tollens scandalum.

Tu es area compluta,
coelesti rore imbuta,
sicco tamen vellere:
tu nos in hoc carcere
solare propicia.
O Maria mater dei electa,
esto nobis via recta
ad aeterna gaudia
ubi pax et gloria.

English.png English translation

Hail, morning star,
ruler and queen of the world,
alone worthy to be called a virgin,
against the spears of the enemy
interpose the shield of salvation,
the sign of your virtue.

For you are the staff of Jesse,
the rod of Aaron,
who take away the temptation of the world.

You are watered earth,
imbued with celestial dew,
like a dry fleece:
therefore console us in this prison.
O chosen mother of God,
be to us a straight path to eternal joy,
where peace and glory are found.