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Ave verum corpus (Assandra)


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  • Keyboard reduction – Dm
  • Viol part – Dm
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  • *Free full vocal score – Em*

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Source: Tabulatur F.K. mus.2, Abt. 22, Fürst Thurn und Taxis Zantralarchiv, Hofbibliothek Regensburg

Transposition: transcribed from tablature – tenor and bass transposed up selectively.

Difficulty: easy

Length: 02:30 mins.

Editors/copyright: Deborah Roberts © 2003.

Perusal score: Watermarked. Please click here.

Musica Secreta live, St Bartholomew’s the Great, London, 2002.

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Text and translation

Elevation of the Host

Ave verum corpus, natum
de Maria Virgine
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine,
cuius latus perforatum
fluxit aqua et sanguine:
esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.
O Iesu dulcis, O Iesu pie, O Iesu, fili Mariae.
Miserere mei. Amen.

Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
who having truly suffered, was sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
whose pierced side
flowed with water and blood:
May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death.
O sweet Jesus, O pious Jesus, O Jesus, son of Mary,
have mercy on me. Amen