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Balsamus et munda cera Cum chrismatis unda Conficiunt agnum, quem do tibi Muneri magnum Fonte velut natum, Per mystica sanctificatum: Fulgura desursum depellit et omne malignum, Praegnans servatur, Sine ve partus liberatur; Portatus mundae servat a fluctibus undae, Peccatum frangit ut Christi sanguis et angit, Dona refert dignis virtutem destruit ignis, Morte repentina servat Sathanaeque ruina. Alleluja. Si quis honoret eum, Retinet ab hoste triumphum. Alleluja.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author [author's text not yet checked 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 Guillaume Dufay (c1400 - 1474), "Balsamus et munda cera", 1431 [ vocal quartet], isorhythmic motet [text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "Balsam and clear wax", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2009-01-08
Line count: 17
Word count: 66
Balsam and clear wax, Water with consecrated oil, These make the [model of a] lamb1 which I give to you Great as a gift Born as if from the source, Sanctified through holy rites; It deflects thunderbolts from above2 and every ill; The mother giving birth is protected, She emerges from the birth without pain; The baby she bears is protected by waves of clear water; [The lamb] shatters and strangles sin like the blood of Christ, It brings gifts to those worthy of them, and destroys the power of fire [hell], It protects from sudden death and Satan's destruction. Alleluia. If anyone honours [the lamb], It will keep victory back from the enemy. Alleluia.
1 the Pope was distributing wax 'Agnus Dei' (Lamb of God) figures
2 figurative: God's anger (referencing Jupiter's thunderbolts)
- Translation from Latin to English copyright © 2012 by David Wyatt, (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: 2012-07-03
Line count: 17
Word count: 115