Jesu, Rex Admirabilis

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This hauntingly captivating piece is from Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, who was one of the most influential composers of the Renaissance.

Latin:

Jesu, rex admirabilis
et triumphator nobilis,
dulcedo ineffabilis,
totus desiderabilis,

mane nobiscum, Domine,
et nos illustra lumine,
pulsa mentis caligine,
mundum reple ducedine.

English:

Jesu, Prince ever-glorious!
Thou Lord of Hosts victorious!
Of radiance more than marvelous’
Master, be ruler over us!

Dwell, Lord, with us, and grant we may
Behold Thy light upon our way;
Scatter night’s gloom, and so array
Earth, as heaven, in noon bright day.

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