O beatae viae, o felices gressus (Claudio Monteverdi)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-30)  CPDL #36662:       
Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2015-08-30).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 131 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Basso Continuo:   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 68 kB   
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General Information

Title: O beatae viae, o felices gressus
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SS
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1620 in Symbolae diversorum musicorum (Lorenzo Calvi)

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O beatae viae, o felices gressus
quibus elaborando,
quibus peregrinando
celestem gloriam,
dilectam sponsam querebas.
O fortunati sudores tui,
beatae Roche qui tibi
honores aeternos donat.
O peregrinae nos peregrinos
aspice, adiuva
nosque a culpae morbo libera.
Sit tibi anime salus
sit tibi laus, sit tibi honor perpetuus.
Nos tua cantemus merita
et nostras exaudi preces.

English.png English translation

O blessed steps, O happy paths,
the pilgrimage road
by which you seek
heaven's glory
and your beloved spouse!
O beads of blood,
O sacred jewels
which earn you unending honor!
O pilgrim,
guard us pilgrims
and keep us from the plague of sin.
O soul,
be well,
be praised,
be honored forever.
May we sing your glories,
and may you hear our prayers.

Translation by Nicholas Jones