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Benjamin Britten

Hymn to the Virgin (1930 rev. 1934)


Plays: 7501


Anthem for unaccompanied chorus (double SATB)
(excerpt)
Duration: 02 mins 01 secs

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge/Christopher Robinson
© & (p) 2000 HNH International Ltd.
Naxos 8.554791

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Text heard on Sample:
...All this world was forlorn
  Eva peccatrice,
Till our Lord was y-born
  De te genetrice.
With ave it went away
Darkest night, and comes the day
  Salutis
The well springeth out of thee.
  Virtutis.

Lady, flow'r of ev'rything,
  Rosa sine spina,
Thou bare Jesu, Heaven's King,
  Gratia divina:
Of all thou bear'st the prize,
Lady, queen of paradise
  Electa:
Maid mild, mother es Effecta.
  Effecta.

Anon, c1300

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