Fac tibi (Nicolas Gombert)

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  • (Posted 2017-01-02)  CPDL #42469:       
Editor: William Evans (submitted 2017-01-02).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 398 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Engraved in Maestro in Finale. Incipit in Marenzio font by Ross Duffin (Micrologus Music Press). Sources:
• Nicolai Gomberti, Musici Imperatorii, Motectorum, nuperrime maxima diligentia in lucem editorum. Liber secundus, Quatuor Vocum. Venetijs apud Hieronymum Scotum, 1541.
• N. Gomberti, Musici Imperatorii, Motectorum, nuperrime maxima diligentia in lucem æditorum. Liber Secundus. Quatuor Vocum. Venetijs apud Antonium Gardane, 1542.

General Information

Title: Fac tibi
Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1541 in Motectorum liber secundus quatuor vocum, no. 1

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Fac tibi mortales pareant davidica radix,
Cum vincas alios Virginitate mera.
Tu Patris es geniti tu Mater flaminis alma,
Defende ali nostrum virgo benigna genus.
O clemens genti faveas per sæcula nostre,
Ut nomen valeat tollere ad astra tuum.

Make all mortals obey thee, o scion of David,
Since thou hast power over them by pure maidenhood.
Thou art nourishing Mother, born of the Father and the Spirit,
Defend from evil, favoured maid, our people.
O most merciful, cherish us throughout the ages,
That we may lift thy name unto the stars.