Felix namque (Jean Mouton)

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  • (Posted 2021-01-21)  CPDL #62469:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2021-01-21).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third.

General Information

Title: Felix namque
Composer: Jean Mouton

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1519 in Motetti de la corona, Volume 3, no. 15
    Manuscript c.1520 in Cappella Sistina MS 26, no. 13
    2nd published: 1521 in Motetti libro primo (Antico), no. 10
Description: Source: Motetti de la Corona. Libro Tertio, published by Petrucci, 1519. In two parts: 1. Felix namque and 2. O Maria mater Dei.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Felix namque es sacra virgo Maria et omni laude dignissima, quia ex te ortus est sol justitiae Christus Deus noster.
Ave regina caelorum, mater regis angelorum, Dominus tecum, mater pietatis, mater caritatis, mater veritatis.
O Maria flos virginum, velut rosa vel lilium, funda preces ad Dominum pro salute fidelium.
O Maria, mater Dei, mater veritatis, mater caritatis, tuo filio nos recommenda.
Pulchra es et decora filia Hierusalem.
Gloria tibi Domine qui natus es de virgine cum Patre et Sancto Spiritu in sempiterna saecula.

English.png English translation

For you are happy, O holy Virgin Mary, and worthy of all praise,
for from you rose the Sun of justice, Christ our God.
Hail, Queen of Heaven, mother of the king of angels: the Lord be with you, mother of compassion, mother of selfless love, mother of truth.
O Mary, flower of virgins, like unto a rose or a lily, intercede with the Lord for the wellbeing of the faithful.
Mary, mother of God, mother of truth, mother of selfless love, commend us to your son.
You are beautiful, a comely daughter of Jerusalem.
Glory be to you, Lord, who were born of a virgin, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, in all ages.