Christe Dei soboles (Orlando di Lasso)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2012-10-08).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Magnum opus musicum, 1604. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note-values.

General Information

Title: Christe Dei soboles
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1579
  2nd published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 139
  3rd published: 1931 in Das Chorwerk, no. 14.1


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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Christe Dei soboles spes et mea sola voluptas
 nectareus stillat cujus ab ore liquor.
Ecce tibi leve xeniolum fero promptus ad aram
 te nihil in toto est carius orbe mihi.

Accipe daque mihi pro votis gaudia coeli
 gaudia prae cunctis nam tua semper amo
nec nisi sola queat restringere mentis amorem
 Atropos, ah peto te praeter amare nihil.

English.png English translation

O Christ, offspring of God, my hope and sole delight,
from whose lips nectar drops;
behold, I bring thee my unworthy little gift readily to the altar.
Nothing in the whole world is more dear to me than thee.

Receive, and grant me joys for my prayer,
for I love thy heavenly joys above all:
nor let anyone but Atropos alone restrain the love of my mind.
Oh, I ask to love none but thee.

Translation by St Ann choir