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Parts: SATB

Language: Latin
Duration: 2:45


Ave Verum Corpus is a Eucharistic hymn from the 13th century. The first section is very slow with chantlike sections, while the second half is a more florid polyphonic call on the text: “O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus, O Jesus, Son of Mary, Have mercy upon me.”

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Ave verum corpus,

Natum de Maria Virgine;

Vere passum immolatum

In crucis pro homine.

Cuius latus perforatum

Unda fluxit sanguine.

Esto nobis praegustatum

In mortis examine.

O Jesu dulcis, O Jesu pie,

O Jesu Fili Mariae,

Miserere mei. Amen.

English Translation

Hail, true body,

Born of the Virgin Mary;

Who has truly suffered, sacrificed

On the Cross for humanity.

From whose pierced side,

Water and blood flowed.

Be for us a foretaste

In our ordeal of death.

O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus,

O Jesus Son of Mary,

Have mercy on me. Amen.

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