Ceciliam intra cubiculum orante invenit (Cornelius Canis)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-04-14).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 269 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Ceciliam intra cubiculum orante invenit
Composer: Cornelius Canis
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1554 in Motetti del laberinto libro terzo (Girolamo Scotto), no. 13
Description: A motet for St Cecilia's Day.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ceciliam intra cubiculum orante invenit
et iuxta eam stantem angelum Domini:
quem videns Valerianus nimio terrore correptus est.
Cecilia virgo Almachium exuperabat.
Tibertium et Valerianum ad coronam vocabat,
expansis manibus orabat ad Dominum
ut eam eriperet de inimicis.

English.png English translation

He discovered Cecilia praying in her chamber
with an angel of the Lord standing by her side:
seeing whom, Valerianus was seized with great fear.
Cecilia, the virgin, defeated Almachius.
On Tibertius and Valerianus she bestowed laurels,
with her hands flung wide, she petitioned the Lord
that he might deliver her from her foes.

(trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)