Esse volens, gaudere (Hans Leo Hassler)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2020-09-19).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Esse volens, gaudere
Composer: Hans Leo Hassler
Lyricist: Prosper of Aquitainecreate page

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in Sacri concentus. Reissued in 1612, no. 47

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Esse volens, gaudere optans, scire abdita quærens,
Ut te non teneant intima, summa pete.
Delectare Deo rege, in cælestibus esto,
Et quæ spe sequeris, credita amore tene.
Nulla in te maneant hominis vestigia primi,
Nec formam veteris gestet imago Dei.
Exulta agnoscens te Verbi in carne renatum,
Cuius si pars es, pars tua Christus erit.
Qui, ne damnandi legeres mala gaudia mundi,
Promissum ad regnum se tibi fecit iter.