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O qui coeli terraeque serenitas

Language: Latin

Aria da capo - Allegretto
 O qui coeli terraeque serenitas
 et fons lucis et arbiter es,

 Unde regis aeterna tua sidera
 mitis considera
 nostra vota, clamores et spes.

 Fac ut sordescat tellus
 dum respicimus coelum;
 fac ut bona superna
 constanter diligamus
 et sperantes aeterna
 quidquid caducum 
 est odio habeamus.

Aria da capo - Largo
 Rosa quae moritur,
 unda quae labitur,
 mundi delicias
 docent fugaces.

 Vix fronte amabili
 mulcent cum labili
 pede praetervolant
 larvae fallaces.

Alleluia - Allegro

Translation(s): FRE ENG GER

Submitted by Guy Laffaille


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * FRE French (Guy Laffaille) , "O toi qui du ciel et de la terre es la paix", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "O what is the calm of heaven and earth", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * GER German (Laura Prichard) , "Was ist die Stille des Himmels und der Erde", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-12-05.

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O what is the calm of heaven and earth

Language: English

Aria da capo - Allegretto
 O what is the calm of heaven and earth
 the source of light and judge.

 Whence come the eternal stars
 kindly consider
 Our prayers, cries and hopes.

 Make the earth seem unclean
 when we look to heaven;
 make us cherish
 constantly the heavenly riches
 and hoping for the eternal,
 that which is transitory,
 we may regard with hatred.

Aria da capo - Largo
 The rose which dies,
 the water which recedes,
 the world's delights
 are all transient.

 Such deceitful ghosts
 scarcely charm with their
 pleasant appearance
 Before flying past, fleet or foot.

Alleluia - Allegro

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    * Translation from Latin to English copyright © 2013 by Laura Prichard, laura (AT) prichard (DOT) net, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit.

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Text added to the website: 2013-04-23.