Haec est dies quam fecit (Michael Praetorius)

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  • (Posted 2008-10-07)  CPDL #18130:   
Editor: Renato Calcaterra (submitted 2008-10-07).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 1.9 MB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Haec est dies quam fecit
Composer: Michael Praetorius

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSSATTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Vocibus, Instrumentis & organo

First published: 1607 in Musarum Sioniarum, no. 40

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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 foemina intulit
feminae semen fugavit.
Hodie Deus homo factus.
Id quod fuit, permansit
et quod non erat assum(p)sit.

English.png English translation

This is the day which the Lord has made.
Today the Lord has looked upon the suffering of his people
and sent redemption.
Today death, which a woman brought [into the world],
has been overcome by one who was born of a woman.
Today God was made man.
He remained what he was
and became what he was not.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank