O Maria (Giovanni Rovetta)

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  • (Posted 2021-01-03)  CPDL #62221:     
Editor: Elam Rotem (submitted 2021-01-03).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 277 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Edition for a soprano; an octave higher than the original tenor part.

General Information

Title: O Maria
Composer: Giovanni Rovetta

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Voice and BC

First published: 1625

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O Maria, quam pulchra es,
Quam dulcis es.
Tu es formosa mea,
Tu es speciosa mea.

Candida et nigra sum,
Sed formosa simul.
Nolite me considerare quod fusca sim,
Quia decoloravit me sol.
Ille qui coronavit me,
decoloravit me.

English.png English translation

O Mary, how beautiful you are,
How sweet you are.
You are my most beautiful one
My most gracious one.

I am fair yet also black,
Black but beautiful.
Pay no heed to my dark hue
For the sun has altered my color.
The same sun that has crowned me,
also altered my colour.