Baldassare Donato
(c.1530 - 1603)

Virgo decus nemorum
(S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B.)
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From Il primo libro di Motetti, Venice, 1599, published when Donato had attained the position of Maestro di Capella at St Mark's. This Christ-tide motet exploits the acoustics of that building in a manner copied by his pupil Giovanni Croce in a parallel setting (also edited by notAmos).
Lyrics: Anon

Virgo decus nemorum
Geminasque audita per auras
Quaeque sonos ludis
Concava saepe meos
Hic quis clamor [Amor]
Quis natus Virgine magnus [Agnus]
Dic oro curita clamat [Amat]
Est ne torus mollis sibi stravit quem pia mater [Ater]
An est Echo causa tua [Ausa tua]
Hunc quis de caelis duxit [Lis duxit]
At istam dic vincet [Vincet]
Num moriens [Oriens]
Diligere hunc ergo par est
super omnis Christum [istum]
Quid gravius in amore [morae]
Dum flores [Ores]
Nunc est Deus ille [Heus ille]
An gratum me forereris [Eris]
Ad praesepe iter ergo alacres teneamus [Eamus]
Munera parva feram [Feram]