Rorate caeli (Traditional)

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Editor: Abel Di Marco (submitted 2001-05-09).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 3.61 MB   Copyright: Religious
Edition notes: Finale file may be viewed and printed with Finale Reader.

General Information

Title: Rorate caeli
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: tune is from Gesangbuch, Augsburg 1666

Description: A harmonization of the hymn tune "O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf" with a metrical Latin version of the German hymn, itself a paraphase of the Gregorian introit for the fourth Sunday of Advent.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

1. Roráte caéli désuper,
plúantque núbes Príncipem:
aperiátur iám térra
Salvatorémque gérminet.

2. Qui cúncta cúmples Númine,
nóstros te in ártus cólligis:
ut nos redúcas ad Déum,
descéndis in térram, Déus.

3. Vérbum quod ánte saécula
sinu paterno násceris,
récens hómo sub témpore
et Vírgine pródis sínu.