Sunday, April 20, 2014

Panis Angelicus - King's College, Cambridge

The choir of King's College, Cambridge sing Cesar Franck's well known setting of Panis Angelicus.



This is taken from "Sacris Solemniis", written by St. Thomas Aquinas before the year 1274.  The English translation shown is just one of many interpretations of the Latin verse

Panis angelicus
fit panis hominum;
Dat panis caelicus
figuris terminum:
O res mirabilis!
manducat Dominum
Pauper, servus, et humilis.
Te trina Deitas
unaque poscimus:
Sic nos tu visita,
sicut te colimus;
Per tuas semitas
duc nos quo tendimus,
Ad lucem quam inhabitas.
Amen.


Bread of Angels,
made the bread of men;
The Bread of heaven
puts an end to all symbols:
A thing wonderful!
The Lord becomes our food:
poor, a servant, and humble.
We beseech Thee,
Godhead One in Three
That Thou wilt visit us,
as we worship Thee,
lead us through Thy ways,
We who wish to reach the light
in which Thou dwellest.
Amen.

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