Poulenc Motets






                       Francis Poulenc



                  Four Christmas Motets


                             Sung by The Sixteen

                     Harry Christophers conducting.





Bernardo Daddi, The Nativity and the Annunciation to the Shepherds                                                                                         Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, c. 1336


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O magnum mysterium

O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum,
 How great a mystery and wonderful a sacrament
ut animalia viderunt Dominum natum iacentem in praesepio.
that beasts should see the new-born Lord lying in a manger.
Beata virgo cujus viscera meruerunt
 O Blessed Virgin who was worthy
portare Dominum Christum.
 to bear Christ our Lord!

(Matins Responsary for Christmas Day)


Quem vidistis pastores

Quem vidistis pastores dicite:
 What have you seen, shepherds, tell us:
amnuntiate nobis in terris quis apparuit:
 tell us the news. what has come to pass on earth?
Natum vidimus, et choros Angelorum collaudantes Dominum.
 We have seen a new-born child and choirs of angels praising the Saviour.
Dicite quidnam vidistis?
Tell the world what you have seen;
et annuntiate Christi Nativitatem.
 proclaim the birth of Christ.

(Matins Responsary for Christmas Day)


Videntes stellam

Videntes stellam Magi gavisi sunt gaudio magno:
 The wise men rejoiced greatly at the sight of the star
et intrantes domum obtulerant Domino aurum thus et myrrham.
 And entering the house they offered the Saviour gold, frankincense and myrrh.

(Magnificat antiphon for the 2nd day of Epiphany)


Hodie Christus natus est

Hodie Christus natus est:
 Today Christ is born
hodie Salvator apparuit:
 today a Saviour has appeared;
hodie in terra canunt Angeli, laetantur Archangeli:
 today all the angels sing upon earth; the archangels rejoice;
hodie exsultant justi dicentes:
 today the righteous exult and proclaim:
Gloria in excelsis Deo, alleluia.
 Glory be to God on high, Alleluia.