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Vexilla Regis prodeunt; fulget Crucis mysterium, [quo carne carnis conditor suspensus est patibulo.]1 Confixa clavis viscera tendens manus, vestigia, redemptionis gratia hic immolata est hostia. Quo vulneratus insuper mucrone diro lanceae, ut nos lavaret crimine, manavit unda et sanguine. [Impleta sunt quae]2 concinit David fideli carmine, dicendo nationibus: regnavit a ligno Deus. Arbor decora et fulgida, ornata Regis purpura, electa digno stipite tam sancta membra tangere. Beata, cuius brachiis pretium pependit saeculi: statera facta corporis, praedam tulitque tartari. Fundis aroma cortice, vincis sapore nectare, iucunda fructu fertili plaudis triumpho nobili. Salve, ara, salve, victima, de passionis gloria, qua vita mortem pertulit et morte vitam reddidit. O Crux ave, spes unica, hoc Passionis tempore! piis adauge gratiam, reisque dele crimina.3 Te, fons salutis Trinitas, collaudet omnis spiritus: [quibus crucis victoriam largiris adde praemium.]4
F. Liszt sets stanzas 1, 4, 9
G. Wert sets stanza 9
G. Dyson sets stanza 1
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1 Liszt: "Qua vita mortem protulit/ Et morte vitam protulit."
2 Liszt: "Impleti sunt que"
3 Liszt adds "Amen."
4 in some versions, "quos per Crucis mysterium/ salvas, fove per saecula. Amen."
- by Venantius Fortunatus, Saint (c530 - c609) [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Alonso de Alba , "Vexilla regis" [sung text not yet checked]
- by (Joseph) Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896), "Vexilla regis", WAB. 51 (1892), published 1892 [ chorus a cappella ], Vienna: Josef Weinberger [sung text not yet checked]
- by Paolo Castaldi (b. 1930), "Vexilla regis", published 1982 [ chorus ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Guillaume Dufay (c1400 - 1474), "Vexilla regis" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Franz (Ferenc) Liszt (1811 - 1886), "Einleitung", S. 53 no. 1 (1879), stanzas 1,4,9 [ chorus and organ ], from Via Crucis, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924), "Vexilla Regis prodeunt" [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Giaches de Wert (1535 - 1596), "O Crux ave", published 1581, stanza 9 [ 5 voices ], Il secondo libro de motetti, 5vv [sung text checked 1 time]
This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
- by George Dyson (1883 - 1964), "O timely happy, timely wise", 1945-9, from Quo Vadis: a Cycle of Poems, no. 5
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (David Wyatt) , "The King's standards advance", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2011-03-11
Line count: 40
Word count: 132
The royal standard advances; The radiant, mystical cross where The flesh in which he was incarnate Was hanged and crucified. [...] [...] Fulfilled is all that was chanted In David’s true songs, Announcing to the nations That God reigns from a tree. [...] [...] [...] [...] Hail, o cross, our sole hope In this time of passion! Increase grace to the faithful, And efface the offenses of the guilty. [...]
About the headline (FAQ)Translation of title "Einleitung" = "Introduction"
- Translation from Latin to English copyright © 2016 by Michael P. Rosewall, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2016-07-13
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Word count: 70