Ave Verum

Ave Verum
Motet for SSAA chorus, a cappella
Dan Locklair

Latin text:

Ave verum Corpus natum
De Maria Virgine,
Vere passum, immolatum
In Cruce pro homine,
Cuius latus perforatum
Vero fluxit et sanguine,
Esto nobis praegustatum,
Mortis in examine.
O clemens, O pie,
O dulcis Jesu, Fili Mariae.

English translation*:

Hail, true Body, truly born
Of the Virgin Mary mild,
Truly offered, racked and torn,
On the Cross, for man defiled,
From whose love-pierced, sacred side
Flowed Thy true Blood’s saving tide:
Be a foretaste sweet to me
In my death’s great agony.
O Thou loving, gentle One,
Sweetest Jesus, Mary’s son.

Duration : ca. 5’

*The Latin text and translation are from the Hymns of the Breviary and Missal.

20 March 1998
Winston-Salem, NC