Or nous dites Marie, music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Let us sing, I pray you, In exaltation, In honor of Mary, Full of great renown: That all the human race Might be saved from danger, A message was conveyed To the precious Virgin. Mary was appointed By predestination To be born Of royal lineage. Now tell us, Mary, Who was the messenger Who brought the tidings That will redeem the world? It was the Angel Gabriel That, without delaying, God sent to earth With great compassion. Now tell us, Mary, What did Gabriel tell you When he brought you tidings From the true eternal God? ‘God be with you, Mary’, He said without delay; ‘You are full of grace And blessing.’ Now tell us, Mary, Where were you When the Archangel Gabriel Spoke to you thus? ‘I was in Galilee, A pleasant region, Enclosed in my chamber, In contemplation.’ Now tell us, Mary, Did the Angel Gabriel Not tell you something else In this new greeting? ‘You shall conceive, Mary’, He said without dissembling; ‘The Son of God is within you Yet you are undefiled.’ Let us sing, I pray you, In exaltation, In honor of Mary, Full of great renown.
From the album Pastorale de Noël by Ensemble Correspondances.
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