Haec est dies a 8 (Claudio Merulo)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2020-12-05).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 331 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Haec est dies a 8
Composer: Claudio Merulo

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicings: SSAT.ATTB or SATB.ATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1590 in Musica per concerti ecclesiastici di diversi, no. 8
    2nd published: 1590 in Corollarium cantionum sacrarum, no. 15
    3rd published: 1594 in Sacrarum concentuum Liber primus, no. 4
    4th published: 1613 in Promptuarium musicum, Pars Tertia, no. 35
Description: For the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Haec est dies quam fecit Dominus.
Hodie Dominus afflictionem populi sui respexit,
et redemptionem misit.
Hodie mortem quam femina intulit, femina fugavit.
Hodie Deus homo factus,
id quod fuit permansit, et quod non erat assumpsit,
Ergo exordium nostrae redemptionis devote recolamus,
et exultemus dicentes: Gloria tibi Domine.

English.png English translation

This is the day which the Lord hath made.
On this day the Lord hath seen the affliction of His people,
and hath sent them redemption.
On this day death, which a woman ushered in, a woman put to flight.
On this day God was made man:
that which He was endured, and that which He was not He took to Himself [assumed].
Let us therefore devoutly recollect the beginning of our redemption,
and rejoice saying: "Glory to Thee, O Lord".

(trans. Timmi O Danaos & Donna Ferrentes, corrected)