Description: Source: Susato, Liber octavus eccles. cant. 5 vocum, 1553.
Part Two, in which Simeon rejoices at the birth of Jesus, differs in text from the well-known settings by Tallis and by Mundy.
Original text and translations
Videte miraculum matris Domini:
concepit virgo virilis ignara consortii,
stans onerata nobili onere Maria;
et matrem se laetam cognoscit,
quae se nescit uxorem.
Suscipiens autem Jesum in ulnas suas
Symeon exclamavit et dixit: tu es vere lumen
ad illuminationem gentium et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.
Behold the miracle of the mother of the Lord:
a virgin has conceived though she knows not a man,
Mary, who stands laden with her noble burden;
knowing not that she is a wife,
she rejoices to be a mother.
Taking Jesus in his arms, Simeon exclaimed:
‘Truly you are the light to show the way for all
and to be the glory of your people Israel.’