Giovanni Contino
(c.1513 - 1574)

Contino : Innocentes pro Christo : illustration

Innocentes pro Christo
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Motet for the feast of the Holy Innocents from Modulationum quinque vocum liber secundum, Venice, 1560.
Lyrics: Anon

Innocentes pro Christo infantes occisi sunt,
ab iniquo rege lactentes interfecti sunt:
ipsum sequuntur Agnum sine macula,
dicunt semper: Gloria tibi Domine.

Innocent infants were slain in Christ's stead;
suckling boys were murdered by a wicked king:
they instantiate the spotless Lamb himself,
and forever they say: Glory be to thee, O Lord.