O sanctum virum (Guillaume Le Heurteur)

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Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2024-06-06).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third.

General Information

Title: O sanctum virum
Composer: Guillaume Le Heurteur
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1538 in Tertius liber mottetorum ad quinque et sex voces (Jacques Moderne), no. 19
Description: Published by Jacques Moderne, Lyon, 1538. A motet in honour of St Martin which does not even mention the famous incident with his coat.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O sanctum virum, decus sacerdotum, cuius anima felix vernat in gloria, unde laetantur prophetae, decorantur martyres, virginum turba resultat, quem chorus caelestis immitat dicens: mane nobiscum in aeternum. Sancte Trinitas fidem Martinus confessus est: ego signo crucis non clipeo protectus aut galea hostium cunctos penetrabo securus. Sancte Martine, confessor Domini gloriose, adesto precibus nostris pius et propitius. Alleluya.

English.png English translation

O holy man, ornament among priests, your blissful soul lives on in glory, so that the prophets rejoice, the martyrs are honoured and the host of virgins jubilantly sings; the heavenly choir receives you into Heaven, saying: remain with us for ever. Martin professed his faith in the Holy Trinity (with these words): protected by the sign of the cross, not by any shield or helmet, I pass safely through all my enemies. Saint Martin, glorious follower of the Lord, receive our prayers in a merciful and propitious spirit. Alleluya.