Gustate et videte (Giovanni Battista Stefanini)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2020-11-04).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Gustate et videte
Composer: Giovanni Battista Stefanini
Lyricist: St Gregory (adapted)create page

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1608 in Il secondo libro de motetti
    2nd published: 1612 in Promptuarium musicum, Pars Altera, no. 57

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Gustate et videte quoniam suavis est Dominus.
Suavitatem eius non cognoscitis si hanc minime gustatis.
Sed cibum vitæ ex palato cordis tangite,
ut probantes eius dulcedinem amare valeatis.
Et in voce exultationis resonent epulantes in mensa Domini.

English.png English translation

O taste, and see, how gracious the Lord is.
If ye taste not, ye shall not know His pleasantness.
But from the vault of your heart touch the bread of life, so that,
having proved His sweetness, ye shall have the strength to love Him.
Those who feast call again and again in a voice of exultation at the table of the Lord.