Vespers for St David of Wales (Gregorian chant)

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  • (Posted 2022-03-01)  CPDL #68200:   
Editor: Richard Mix (submitted 2022-03-01).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 306 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This is an edition in BCP English prepared for 2022, using Iste confessor (Guillaume Dufay) and Magnificat from Tomkins' First Service. Corrections & comments are very welcome; the interpretation of the ms. differentiae is something I mean to return to next year.

General Information

Title: Vespers for St David of Wales
Composer: Anonymous (Gregorian chant)
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: unison
Genre: SacredVespers

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1370's? Penpont
Description: 5 antiphons with psalms and Magnificat antiphon for Second Vespers from the Office of St. David of Wales (March 1)

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 93, Psalm 100, Psalm 63, Benedicite, Psalm 148, and Iste confessor.


  • The angel said to Patrick, "One yet to come after thirty years have passed by, David, shall arise here".
  • The eyes of his teacher, made dark with so much weeping, David opened to the light with a touch of his hand.
  • For sending those forward women to break the saints' resolve, was the author of the crime punished with her husband.
  • Once the poisoned morsel had been swallowed from that loaf of twisted bread, both crow and likewise dog soon perished; the saint however was preserved.
  • That all who were there might how well he could reason, the earth did rise in a mound, a fitting place for him to stand.
  • Help us by the heavenly aid that works through David: That being guarded at its parting from this earthly flesh, with exultation our spirit may place its hope in the divinely given grace of glorious life.