Gallus Dressler
(1533 - 1585)

Corporalis exercitatio
(A.A.T.T.B.)
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Motet for the feast day of the patron saint of couch-potatoes, whensoever and whomsoever that might be, published in XC Cantiones, Magdeburg, 1570.
Lyrics: 1 Timothy 4: 8

Corporalis exercitatio paululum habet utilitatis
at pietas ad omnia utilis est,
ut quæ promissiones habeat vitæ praesentis et futuræ.

Bodily exercise profiteth little:
but godliness is profitable unto all things,
which hath the promise of the life present, and of that that is to come.
(trans. Geneva Bible)