Tuesday, December 06, 2011

If You Like Getting Goosebumps...

...you'll love William Byrd's Ave Verum Corpus.

Here is a link to the score.

Ave verum corpus,
natum de Maria Virgine,
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine,
cuius latus perforatum
fluxit aqua et sanguine:
esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.
O Iesu dulcis,
O Iesu pie,
O Iesu, fili Mariae.
Miserere mei. 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 my loving, Gentle One,
Sweetest Jesus,
Mary's Son. Amen. 

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