Description: A 13th century conductus, possibly French in origin.
Original text and translations
festiva sunt festorum,
Hec luminum oblatio,
hec est illuminatio
qua patet declaratio
rataque rerum ratio.
quod reseratur janua
et complanantur ardua.
Cantemus nunc melliflua
per festa januaria!]
[second verse written by Christopher Page]
The feasts of January
are the festivities of all feasts,
and the most significant of signs.
This offering of lights
is an illumination
in which there is a declaration
and a true understanding of things.
[Let us therefore join musical
phrases together, syllable by syllable,
all of them equally polyphonic;
we proclaim in an ornamented fashion
that the door is unbarred and that
the steep places have been levelled.
Let us therefore sing honeyed things
throughout the feasts of January!]