Balsamus et munda cera (Guillaume Dufay)

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  • CPDL #29518:     
Editor: Timothy Sullivan (submitted 2013-06-25).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Non-scholarly, musica ficta supplied.

General Information

Title: Balsamus et munda cera
Composer: Guillaume Dufay

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1431

Description: Isorhythmic motet.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Triplum, Motetus:
Balsamus et munda cera cum chrismatis unda
Conficiunt agnum, quem do tibi muneri magnum
Fonte velut natum, per mystica sanctificatum:
Fulgura desursum depellit et omne malignum,
Praegnans servatur, sine ve partus liberatur;
Portatus mundae servat a fluctibus undae,
Peccatum frangit ut Christi sanguis et angit,
Dona refert dignis, virtutem destruit ignis,
Morte repentina servat Sathanaeque ruina.
Alleluja.
Si quis honoret eum, retinet ab hoste triumphum.
Alleluja.

Tenor:
Isti sunt agni novelli.