Macte animo virtute tua (Ferdinand di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2010-07-11)  CPDL #21946:         
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2010-07-11).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Mensural notation, original key and note values, musica ficta clearly marked.

General Information

Title: Macte animo virtute tua
Composer: Ferdinand di Lasso

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Cantiones sacrae, no. 1
Description: Homage to Lasso's employer Eitel Friedrich IV, earl of Hohenzollern-Hechingen

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Macte animo, virtute tua,
comes inclyte ZOLLERIZAE stirpis.
Laus FRIDERICE tua -
Natus es ad laudes -
Ad fortia facta gerenda.
Numen et a superis
cur celebreris habes.
Atque SYBILLA UXor tua
Praestantissima vivat,
Perpetuumque thori sit decus illa tui.

English.png English translation

Honoured in spirit, in valour,
reknowned sharer in the Hohenzollern line!
Your praise, Friedrich -
You were born for praises -
Is to be carried to braver deeds.
May you have authority from above
As you are honoured here.
Long life to your
All-surpassing wife Sibylle,
And may she eternally grace your marriage bed.
 Philip Krinks