Dulcis mater, dulci nato (Pierre de Manchicourt)

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  • (Posted 2019-09-03)  CPDL #55250:     
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-09-03).   Score information: A4, 14 pages   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Transposed downwards one tone (for SSATBB). Original note values retained. Transcribed and edited from the only surviving source, six errors in which are identified and corrected in this edition.

General Information

Title: Dulcis mater, dulci nato (2.p. Inclina, mater misericordiae)
Composer: Pierre de Manchicourt

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATBB
Genre: SacredMotet, Marian devotional prayer

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1554 in Susato, Liber tertius cantionum sacrarum...quinque et sex vocum..., no. 14


Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Dulcis mater, dulci [g]nato
 dúlcia praebens úbera, quae sola fuísti digna
 portáre regem caelórum et dóminum angelórum,
 pro peccatóribus ora dum mortis vénerit hora.

Inclína, mater misericórdiae,
 aures tuae pietátis ad preces nostras,
 et esto nobis peccatóribus in ómnibus auxiliátrix,
 ut post huius vitae cursum
 nos ad gaúdia ducas caelórum.

English.png English translation

Sweet mother, offering to the sweet child
 the delightful breast, thou who alone was worthy
 to bear the king of heaven and lord of the angels,
 pray for us sinners when the hour of death comes.

Incline, O Mother of Mercy,
 the ears of thy pity unto our prayers,
 and be to us sinners helper in all things,
 that, after the course of this life,
 we may be led unto the joys of heaven.