Orientis partibus (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2010-10-20)  CPDL #22472:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2010-10-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2006-01-09)  CPDL #10686:      (Harmony Assistant)
Editor: Catherine Beloin (submitted 2006-01-09).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 26 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Orientis partibus
Composer: Anonymous

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: unison
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: Latin
Instruments: a cappella

First published:
Description: from a liturgical drama celebrated at Beauvais.

External websites:

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin and French.png French text

1. Orientis partibus
Adventavit Asinus
Pulcher et fortissimus
Sarcinis aptissimus.
Hez, sir asne, hez.

4. Aurum de Arabia
Thus et myrrham de Saba,
Tullit in ecclesia
Virtus asinaria.

7. Amen dicas, asine,
Iam satur de gramine,
Amen, amen itera
Aspernare vetura.

English.png English translation

From the East
the donkey came,
pretty and strong,
fit for burden.
Hey, Sir Donkey, Hey!

Gold from Arabia,
incense and myrrh from Saba
this gallant donkey
brought to the church.
Hey, Sir Donkey, Hey!

You say "Amen," donkey,
all filled with grass.
"Amen," you repeat,
spurning the past.
Hey, Sir Donkey, Hey!