Ave verum corpus

Sir Edward Elgar

Ave verum Corpus, natum
De Maria Virgine,
Vere passum, immolatum
In cruce pro homine:
Cuius latum perforatum
Unda fluxit et sanguine,
Esto nobis praegustatum
In mortis examine.
O clemens, O pie, O dulcis Jesu, Fili Mariae.
Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
who having truly suffered, was sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
whose pierced side
flowed with water and blood:
May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death.
O gentle, O merciful, O sweet Jesus, son of Mary,

14th century


Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

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