O Maria, templum Dei (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2013-12-30)  CPDL #30871:       
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2013-12-30).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key and note values, modern clefs.

General Information

Title: O Maria, templum Dei
Composer: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: STTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1554 in Ecclesiasticarum cantionum quatuor vocum, liber 4, no. 13
Description: A prayer addressed to the Virgin Mary, with a unique text so far as the editor knows. Clefs in source: C1, C3, C4, F4.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O Maria templum Dei,
firmamentum mei spei,
pietatis femina,
audi preces huius rei,
labem purga cordis mei,
dilue peccamina.

Mundum ornas novo flore,
prolem gignis miro more,
virgo manens cum pudore
novi floris gratia.

English.png English translation

O Mary, temple of God,
mainstay of my hope,
fount of female compassion,
hear the prayers of this wicked person,
cleanse the fault within my bosom,
wash away (my) sins.

You adorn the world with a new flower,
giving birth to a son in an amazing way,
while remaining a chaste virgin,
for the sake of the new flower.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank