In Nativitatem D. N. J. C. Canticum, H 414 (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)

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Final chorus "Salve puerule"

  • (Posted 2020-12-09)  CPDL #61904:     
Editor: Thomas Gebhardt (submitted 2020-12-09).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 441 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Only final chorus of the work with solo and instrumental ritornello. Transposed from original notation in A to G. Replaces CPDL edition #01851.
  • (Posted 2001-10-30)  CPDL #03069:         
Editor: Denis Mason (submitted 2001-10-30).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arranged for ATB & keyboard ritornello.
  • (Posted 2000-12-07)  CPDL #01851:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif
Editor: Thomas Gebhardt (submitted 2000-12-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SSATB choral parts. Only first verse is underlaid.

General Information

Title: In Nativitatem D. N. J. C. Canticum H 414
Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: 2 treble (violins) and bc

First published:
Description: 'Little Christmas Oratorio', Cantata for Nativity

External websites:

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Salve puerule, salve tenellule,
o nate parvule quam bonus es.
Tu coelum deseris, tu mundo nasceris,
nobis te'ut miseris assimiles.

O summa bonitas! Excelsa deitas
Vilis humanitas fit hodie.
Aeternus nascitur, immensus capitur
et rei tegitur sub specie.

Virgo puerpera, beata viscera
Dei cum opera dent filium.
Gaude, flos virginum, gaude, spes hominum,
fons lavans criminum proluvium.

English.png English translation

Hail, little boy, Hail, little tender one,
O little son, how good you are.
You give up the heaven, You are born in the world
So that you may make yourself like us wretched mortals.

O supreme goodness! Today lofty deity
Becomes lowly humanity.
The eternal one is born. The immeasurable one is caught,
And he is concealed beneath the guise of guilt

O virgin who bears a child, May thy blessed womb
produce a son by the help of God.
Rejoice, flower of virgins, Rejoice, hope of mankind
O spring which washes away an abundance of sin.

Translation by Paul Thompson & Tony Cubberley