Jean de Castro
(c.1540 - 1611)

Castro : Cantantibus organis (1571) : illustration

Cantantibus organis (1571)
(S.A.T.T.B. (or A.T.T.T.B.))
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The earlier of Castro's two five-part settings of this text for St Cecilia's Day. This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for S.A.T.T.B. or transposed down a fourth for A.T.T.T.B..
Lyrics: Anon

Cantantibus organis Caecilia virgo
soli Domino decantabat dicens:
Fiat Domine cor meum et corpus meum
immaculatum ut non confundar.

Biduanis ac triduanis jejuniis orans,
commendabat Domino quod timebat:
Fiat Domine cor meum et corpus meum
immaculatum ut non confundar.

While organs played the virgin Cecilia
sang to the one Lord saying,
Let my Lord make my heart and my body unspotted,
that I may not be confounded.

Supplicating by two or three days of fasting,
she gave herself unto the Lord whom she feared,
Let my Lord make my heart and my body unspotted,
that I may not be confounded.