Ave verum corpus

William Byrd

Ave verum corpus natus
De Maria Virgine,
Vere passum, immolatus
In cruce pro homine:

Cuius latus perforatum
Unda fluxit et sanguine,
Esto nobis praegustatum
In mortis examine.

O dulcis, O pie,
O Jesu Fili Mariae;
Miserere mei. Amen.

Hail the true body, born
of the Virgin Mary:
You who truly suffered and were sacrificed
on the cross for the sake of man.

From whose pierced flank
flowed water and blood:
Be a foretaste for us
in the trial of death.

O sweet, O merciful,
O Jesus, Son of Mary;
Have mercy on me. Amen.

14th century. Gradualis, Book I, (1605)

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