O quam dulcis (Jean Richafort)

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  • (Posted 2019-03-16)   CPDL #53584:     
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-03-16).   Score information: A4, 7 pages   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: At original pitch. Original note values are retained, except in the tripla section where note values are halved.

General Information

Title: O quam dulcis (2.p. Ecce quam bonum)
Composer: Jean Richafort
Lyricist: Girolamo Savonarola

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotetResponsory for for the Feast of Many Martyrs

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1534 in Attaingnant, Motettorum Liber II [Paris, 1534] (RISM 1534/4)

Description: The text of this motet is a combination of a Savonarolan prayer and the first verse of Psalm 132 (Vulgate), which was a motto of Savonarola and his followers.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O quam dulcis et quam beáta, [N], fratérnitas,
O quam gratis et colénda christiánitas,
O urbs [N], quam felix es méritis
tantórum mártyrum ínclyta,
qui per multa pœnárum génera
hódie regna meruérunt cœléstia.

Ecce quam bonum et iocúndum
habitáre fratres in unum. Allelúia.

English.png English translation

O how sweet and how blessed, [N], is brotherly love,
O how pleasing and to be worshipped is Christianity,
O city [N], how happy you are to be renowned
from the merits of such great martyrs,
who, through many types of punishment,
today have attained the heavenly kingdom.

Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is:
brethren to dwell together in unity. Alleluia.