Pastores quidnam vidistis (Jean de Castro)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-11-04).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for SATTB or transposed down a fourth for ATTTB

General Information

Title: Pastores quidnam vidistis
Composer: Jean de Castro
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SATTB or ATTTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1571

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Pastores quidnam vidistis? Annuntiate nobis in terris quis apparuit.
Natum vidimus et choros angelorum collaudantes et dicentes:
Gloria in altissimis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.

English.png English translation

What did you see, shepherds? Tell us who has appeared on earth.
We saw the new-born and choirs of angels praising the Lord and saying:
Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, goodwill to all men.