Sanctus

Set by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Sanctus", op. 66 no. 4, published 1961 [ soprano, tenor, baritone, satb chorus, boys' chorus, orchestra, chamber orchestra, organ ], from War Requiem, no. 4  [sung text checked 1 time]

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Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus,
[Domine]1 Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis!2

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lau Kanen) , "Heilig, heilig, heilig"
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Holy", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sanctus", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Rutter: "Dominus"
2 Rutter adds: "Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini."

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Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.1

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Britten, Martin, and Mozart append "Hosanna in excelsis" (from Sanctus)

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After the blast of lightning from the East,
The flourish of loud clouds, the Chariot Throne;
After the drums of time have rolled and ceased,
And by the bronze west long retreat is blown,

Shall life renew these bodies? Of a truth
All death will He annul, all tears assuage? -
[Or fill these void veins full again with youth]1,
And wash, with an immortal water, Age?

When I do ask white Age he saith not so:
"My head hangs weighed with snow."
And when I hearken to the Earth, she saith:
"My fiery heart shrinks, aching. It is death.
Mine ancient scars shalls not be glorified,
Nor my titanic tears, the sea, be dried."

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La fin", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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First published in the Saturday Westminster Gazette, 1919.

1 Britten: "Fill the void veins of Life again with youth"

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