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Quattro Inni Sacri

Word count: 117

by Goffredo Petrassi (1904 - 2003)

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1. Jesu dulcis memoria [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: Latin

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lau Kanen) , "Jesus, zoete herinnering", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Edward Caswall) , written 1849 [an adaptation]
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Jesu, dulcis memoria, 
dans vera cordis gaudia,
sed super mel et omnia,
eius dulcis praesentia.

[Nil canitur suavius, 
nil auditur iucundius,]1
nil cogitatur dulcius
quam Jesus, Dei Filius.

Jesu, spes paenitentibus,
Quam pius es petentibus!
Quam bonus te quaerentibus!
Sed quid invenientibus?

[Nec]2 lingua valet dicere,
Nec littera exprimere:
Expertus potest credere,
Quid sit Jesum diligere.

Sis, Jesu, nostrum gaudium,
Qui es futurus praemium
Sit nostra in te gloria,
Per cuncta semper saecula. Amen.


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1 omitted by Mozart.
2 Diepenbrock: "Non"

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2. Te lucis ante terminum [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: Latin

Translation(s): ENG

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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , "We pray to you, before the end of day", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • LAT Latin (Bible or other Sacred Texts) , from the Breviary


Te lucis ante terminum
rerum creator poscimus
ut solita clementia
sis presul [ad custodiam]1.

Procul recedant somnia
et noctium phantasmata,
hostemque nostrum comprime,
ne polluantur corpora.

[Presta pater per filium
presta per almum spiritum
cum hiis per eum triplici
unus deus cognomine.]2

Amen.


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1 Tallis, Petrassi: "et custodia"
2 Tallis, Petrassi:
Praesta Pater piissime
Patrique compar Unice 
Cum Spirito Paraclito
Regnans per omne saeculum.

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