Salve sola Dei genitrix (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2006-05-06)  CPDL #11625:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2006-05-06).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 109 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Oct 08.

General Information

Title: Salve sola Dei genitrix
Composer: William Byrd
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSST
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1605 in Gradualia I, no. 49

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Salve sola Dei genitrix et Virgo Maria
Tecum una est Dominus, tibi gratia summa
Super que es foemineos benedicta choros
Benedictus Jesus, ille tui ventris fructus
Miserere tuorum, nunc et in extrema
Precor O ne morte relinquas.

English.png English translation

Hail, only mother of God and Virgin Mary,
the Lord is with thee alone.
Thou art full of grace above all,
thou art blessed above all women.
Blessed Jesus, he who was the fruit of thy womb,
have mercy on thy people now and at the end:
I pray, O abandon me not to death.