Dulce lignum (Francisco Valls)

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  • (Posted 2017-12-31)  CPDL #48246:         
Editors: Jonathan Goodliffe and Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2017-12-31).   Score information: A4, 15 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Dulce lignum
Composer: Francisco Valls
Lyricists: Venantius Fortunatus and Thomas à Kempis

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredResponsory

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1712
Description: An 8 voice responsory to a non standard text

External websites:

  • Manuscript in the Biblioteca de Catalunya

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Dulce lignum, dulces clavos, dulce pondus sustinuit. Quae sola digna fuit portare pretium hujus saeculi. Hallelujah! Hoc signum crucis erit in caelo cum Dominus ad judicandum venerit. Quae sola digna fuit portare pretium hujus saeculi. Hallelujah.

English.png English translation

The sweet wood and sweet nails [of the cross] bore the sweet burden [of Christ's body]. Only [the cross was] worthy to hold the reward of this age. Hallelujah! This sign of the cross will be in heaven when the Lord comes to give judgment.