Hieronymus Praetorius
(1560 - 1629)

Ab oriente venerunt magi
(S.A.T.T.B. (or A.T.T.B.B.))
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Epiphany motet from Cantiones Sacræ de praecipuis festis, Hamburg, 1599. This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavetti) for S.A.T.T.B. or transposed down a fourth for A.T.T.B.B.
Lyrics: Anon

Ab oriente venerunt magi
in Bethlehem adorare Dominum
et apertis thesauris suis,
pretiosa munera obtulerunt:
Aurum sicut regi magno,
thus sicut Deo vero,
myrrham sepulturae eius.

The wise men came from the east,
unto Bethlehem to worship the Lord;
and from opened coffers
they offered precious gifts:
Gold, as if for a great king,
Incense, as if for the true God,
And myrrh for his burial rites.