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Motet Translations

Josquin des Pres: Praeter rerum seriem

Latin Hymn

Præter rerum seriem
parit deum hominem
virgo mater.
Nec vir tangit virginem
nec prolis originem
novit pater.
Virtus sancti spiritus
opus illud cœlitus
Initus et exitus
partus tui penitus
quis scrutatur?
Dei providentia
quæ disponit omnia
tam suave.
Tua puerperia
transfer in mysteria,
mater ave.

This is no normal scheme of things:
God and man is born
of a virgin mother.
She has known no man;
the child's origin is unknown
to the father.
By the Holy Spirit's power
this heavenly work has been
brought about.
The beginning and end
of your giving birth
who can really know?
By God's grace,
which orders all things
so smoothly,
your childbearing
confronts us with a mystery.
Hail, Mother.