Thursday, April 13, 2017

William Byrd - Ave Verum Corpus

The Tallis Scholars

AVE verum Corpus natum
De Maria Virgine:
Vere passum, immolatum
In cruce pro homine:
Cuius latus perforatum
Fluxit aqua et sanguine:
Esto nobis praegustatum
Mortis in examine.

O dulcis!
O pie!
O Iesu Fili Mariae.  Amen

HAIL, true Body, truly born
Of the Virgin Mary mild
Truly offered, wracked and torn,
On the Cross for all defiled,
From Whose love pierced, sacred side
Flowed Thy true Blood's saving tide:
Be a foretaste sweet to me
In my death's great agony.

O loving,
O gentle One,
Sweetest Jesus, Mary's Son. Amen.

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