• Tarik O'Regan
  • Beatus auctor sæculi (Blest author of this earthly frame) from Sequence for St Wulfstan (2003)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Tim Brown and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

  • SATB
  • 4 min

Programme Note

Latin text sourced from MS 391, p. 225: Cambridge, Copus Christi College (the Portiforium of St Wulfstan). Text: Caelius Sedulius (?) (c. 450 A.D.) Translation: J. M. Neale (1818 - 1886)


For THE NATIVITY, CHRISTMAS or MARIAN FEASTS

Beatus auctor saeculi
servile corpus induit,
ut carne carnem liberans
non perderet quod condidit.

Clausae parentis viscera
caelestis intrat gratia;
venter puellae baiulat
secreta quae non noverat.
Amen.


Blest Author of this earthly frame,
to take a servant's form he came,
that liberating flesh by flesh,
whom he had made might live afresh.

In that chaste parent's holy womb,
celestial grace hath found its home;
and she, as earthly bride unknown,
yet call that Offspring blest her own.
Amen.

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