O admirabile commercium - Tu lumen (Loyset Compère)

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  • (Posted 2018-10-24)  CPDL #51565:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2018-10-24).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 487 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: O admirabile commercium
Composer: Loyset Compère

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Feast of circumcision, January 1, Second Vespers

See O admirabile commercium - Germinavit radix Jesse for another setting by Compère of a similar text.

External websites:

  • Source: Transcription by Richard Taruskin for Cappella Nova. Notation here is a whole tone higher than original. Translation, text underlay and editorial accidentals by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 15 Mar 2018

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O admirábile commércium!
 Humáni géneris Creátor
hodie ex vírgine násci dignátus est:
Chríste, redémptor ómnium,
et Pátre Pátris únicae,
sólus ánte princípium,
nátus ineffabíliter.
Tu lúmen,
tu spléndor Pátris,
tu spes perénnis Omnium.
Inténde quas fúndunt préces
túi per órbem fámuli.

Tenor intro:
Christus natus est nobis per quem
salus eterna mundo apparuit.

English.png English translation

O wonderous interchange!
The Creator of the human race
today deigned to be born of a virgin:
O Christ, the redeemer of all,
and by the Father, of the Father uniquely,
alone before the beginning,
born wondrously.
You are the light,
you are the splendor of the Father,
you are the perpetual hope of all.
Hear the prayers they pour out,
your servants throughout the world.

Christ was born for us through whom
eternal salvation appeared to the world.
Translation by John Hetland