Signum crucis mirabile (Cristóbal de Morales)

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  • (Posted 2006-02-18)  CPDL #11004:       
Editor: Michael Wendel (submitted 2006-02-18).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 106 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: © Michael Wendel 2005, This edition may be freely duplicated, distributed, performed or recorded for non-profit performance or use.

General Information

Title: Signum crucis mirabile
Composer: Cristóbal de Morales

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or STTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1543 in Moralis Hispani, Edition 1, no. 22
    2nd published: 1546 in Moralis Hispani, Edition 2, no. 5
    3rd published: 1555 in Evangelia dominicorum et festorum dierum tomus quartus (Berg & Neuber), no. 19
Description: No. 5 of 20 motets published in 1546 in Venice by Antonio Gardano. (facsimile from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich (4° 42/3))

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text
Prima pars

Signum crucis mirabile
Olim per orbem renitens
In quo pependit innocens
Christus redemptor omnium.

Secunda pars

Haec arbor est sublimior
Cedris quas habet Libanus
Quae poma nescit noxia
Sed ferae vitae praemia.

English.png English translation
First part

Miraculous sign of the cross,
on which Christ, innocent,
the redeemer of all,
hung, struggling for the sake of the world.

Second part

This trunk of wood is more sublime
than the cedars of Lebanon:
it bears no poisonous fruit
but the reward of life.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank