O Maria salvatoris Mater (John Browne)

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  • CPDL #09834:      (Finale 2005)
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2005-09-24).   Score information: Letter, 21 pages, 375 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Condensed score.
  • CPDL #09840:      (Finale 2005)
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2005-09-24).   Score information: Letter, 46 pages, 462 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Landscape orientation, full score.

General Information

Title: O Maria salvatoris Mater
Composer: John Browne

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SAATTTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

 Manuscript c.1520 in Eton Choirbook, no. 1

Description: This huge scale Antiphon was given the significant honor of being the first work appearing in the Eton Choirbook.

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Original text and translations

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O Maria salvatoris
Mater, fragrans flos pudoris,
Superans nascentia.
Parit illa mater fructum
Qui iam nostrum tulit luctum
Cunctaque peccamina.

Parit Christum virgo manens;
Quisnam negat? Numquid parens
Virga Aaron legitur frondes,
Flores produxisse?
Deum ita potuisse
Filium adseritur.

Ex hac matre sic intacta
Gignit eum, quo est facta
Cunctaque viventia.
Illam ergo recolamus,
Cuius fructum sic amamus;
Colant et caelestia.

Quisnam vivit hoc in mundo,
Cum sit captus iniucundo
Morbo vel tristitia,
Quin, si oret istam matrem,
Intercedat ut ad patrem
Caelesti in patria?

Exstat mater tum parata
Nos iuvare, En! quam grata
Adest semper Maria.
Rogamus et Frideswidam,
Magdalenam, Catharinam
Doctam philosophia.

Theologia disputans
Gentes cunctas superans,
Cum sit haec Catharina.
His iam sanctis iubilemus
Voce, corde decantemus
Hac nostra melodia.