Richard Dering
(c.1580 - 1630)

O Crux ave
(S.S.A.T.T.B. + reduction)
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From Dering's Cantica Sacra, Antwerp, 1618. The composer provided a continuo part, following the bass. This has been omitted in favour of the reduction (for rehearsal purposes).
Lyrics: Anon

O Crux, ave, spes unica,
Quae sola fuisti digna
Portare talentum mundi.
Dulce lignum, dulces clavos,
Dulcia ferens pondera.
Salve praesentem catervam
In tuis hodie laudibus congregatam.

Hail, O Cross, the only hope,
Which alone was worthy to carry the price of the world.
Sweet wood, sweet nails, bearing that sweet burden.
Save that flock assembled here
today to sing thy praises.