Pacis amans cultorque (Orlando di Lasso)

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Title: Pacis amans cultorque
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: (missing)   Voicing: Unknown
Genre: SecularMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1570 in Mellange d'Orlande de Lassus, no. 98


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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Pacis amans cultorque Deum fideique lucerna,
rex grande Austriadum Maximiliane decus,
in te omnis virtus nata est, rex faxit Olympi
imperii ut possis sceptra tenere semel.

Secunda Pars

Te nunc lætetur sortita Bohemia regem,
qui veræ partes religionis agis,
et divina sacræ fidei qui jura tueris,
te Deus in multos det superesse dies.

English.png English translation

Lover of peace and worshipper of God and light of the faith,
Maximilian, great king and splendor of the Austrians,
in you every virtue is born, the King of Heaven
has ordained that you may once and for all hold the royal crowns.

Second part

Let Bohemia now rejoice having been allotted to you as king,
who advances the true cause of religion,
and who upholds the divine laws of sacred faith,
may God grant you to live for many days.

Translation by Peter Bergquist