Magnificat antiphon at 2nd Vespers of the Invention of the Holy Cross (May 3).
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Text and translations
O Crux, splendidior cunctis astris, mundo celebris,
hominibus multum amabilis, sanctior universis;
que sola fuisti digna portare talentum mundi:
dulce lignum, dulces clavos, dulcia ferens pondera
salva presentem catervam, in tuis hodie laudibus congregatam.
Lasso's setting does not have hodie in fifth line.
O Cross, more splendid than all the stars, honoured throughout the world,
most worthy of the love of mankind, more holy than all the universe,
who alone were worthy to bear the ransom (lit.: price) of the world:
sweet wood, sweet nails, that bore the sweet burden,
save your flock assembled here to sing your praises.
Alleluia, Alleluia. [added in Paschal Time]