by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by David Wyatt

Magnanime gentes laudes
Language: Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG
 Magnanime gentes laudes patiare, mi Berna,
 Augeat usque suum nuntia fama decus!
 Vox Pegasea locum mundi procurrat ad omnem:
 Cognoscant Daci, Teucria, Parthus, Arabs,
 Quam fortes animos,
 Quam ferrea pectora quamque
 Egregios sensus,
 Optima Berna, paris!
 Juribus annorum cujus res publica florens
 Consilio veterum multiplicata manet.
 Cultrix justitiae,
 Communis pacis amatrix,
 Quae tua gloria sit, maxima gesta docent!
 Alleluja, alleluja.
 Nexus amicie Musa modulante Camena
 Magnificetur, enim nil sine pace valet.
 O quando jungi posuisti, Berna, Friburgo,
 Quanta mali rabies impetuosa ruit!
 Optima cum vobis communia vota fruere,
 O quibus, o quantis utraque functa fuit!
 Vivite felices! praeclara Sabaudia pacis
 Auctrix, servatrix foedera vestra probat.
 Praegenitum Ludovicum
 comitemque Philippum
 Cernitis: en magnum pondus amicitiae.
 Alleluja, Alleluja.


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "Generously your great families accept praise", 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: 28
Word count: 118

Generously your great families accept praise
Language: English  after the Latin 
 Generously your great families accept praise, my Berne,
 May your reported fame increase its own honour! 
 May my voice like Pegasus race round every place in the world,
 May the Dacians, Turks, Parthians and Arabs recognise
 What brave souls
 What iron hearts and what
 Outstanding minds
 You give birth to, greatest Berne!
 May your republic endure, flourishing under the laws its own years have given,
 Multiplied by the wise counsel of its elders.
 O cultivator of justice,
 Lover of shared peace,
 May your glory be that which your very great deeds show!
 Alleluia, alleluia.

 May the bond of friendship be made stronger
 By the song of the Muse Camena, for nothing can be strong without peace.
 O when you were joined together, Berne and Freiburg,
 How great was the rage of evil which took headlong flight!
 With you the best common vows bore fruit,
 O what things, and how many, were accomplished!
 Live happily! Famous Savoy, the authoress of peace
 And its protectress, approves your treaty.
 You see first-born Louis
 And his companion Philippe;
 Behold the great value of friendship.
 Alleluia, alleluia.

On the occasion of Berne's alliance with Freiburg, 1438


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This text was added to the website: 2012-07-03
Line count: 28
Word count: 184