Ave verum corpus (William Byrd)

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General Information

Title: Ave verum corpus
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, or ATBarB or SSAA
Genre: SacredMotetEucharistic song

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1605 in Gradualia I, no. 37
    2nd published: 1933 in The Church Anthem Book, p. 8
    3rd published: 1977 in The Chester Book of Motets, Book 2, no. 1
Description: Processional hymn for Corpus Christi

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Ave verum corpus.

Byrd adds the following after the standard text:

O dulcis, o pie,
o Jesu, fili Mariae,
miserere mei.

Which translates as:

O sweet, O gentle,
O Jesu, son of Mary,
have mercy on me.