Josquin des Prez’ Ave Maria, Virgo Serena Sung by Voces8

With the reminder that “2021 marks the 500th anniversary of Josquin’s death; in his lifetime he was considered the Michaelangelo of music, and this motet is considered to be amongst the first ever published.”

    Ave Maria, gratia plena,
    Dominus tecum, virgo serena.

    Ave cujus conceptio,
    Solemni plena gaudio,
    Coelestia, terrestria,
    Nova replete laetitia.

    Ave, cujus nativitas,
    Nostra fuit solemnitas,
    Ut lucifer lux oriens,
    Verum solem praveniens.

    Ave, pia humilitas,
    Sine viro fecunditas,
    Cuius annunciatio,
    Nostra fuit salvatio.

    Ave, vera virginitas,
    Immaculata castitas,
    Cuius purificatio
    Nostra fuit purgatio.

    Ave praeclara omnibus,
    Angelicis virtutibus,
    Cujus fuit assumptio
    Nostra glorificatio.

    O Mater Dei,
    memento Mei.


    Hail Mary, full of grace,
    The Lord is with you, gentil Virgin.

    Hail, whose conception,
    Full of solemn joy
    Fills the heaven, the earth,
    with new rejoicing.

    Hail, thou whose birth
    Was our festival
    As our luminous rising light,
    Coming before the true sun.

    Hail, pious humility,
    Fertility without a man,
    Whose annunciation,
    Was our salvation.

    Hail, true virginity,
    Unspotted chastity,
    Whose purification
    Was our cleansing.

    Hail, famous with all,
    Angelic virtues,
    Whose assumption
    Was our glorification.

    O Mother of God,
    Remember me.


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