Tantum Ergo Sacramentum (Clari)

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About this Piece

TitleTantum Ergo Sacramentum
ComposerGiovanni Carlo Maria Clari (1677 – 1754)
KeyG minor

This piece is a duet for two voices, accompanied by keyboard. The text is a portion of Thomas Aquinas’ hymn Pange Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium (“Tell, tongue, the mystery of the glorious Body”).


The translation presented is as close to the original Latin as possible; words not found in the respective lines are put in [brackets].

Tantum ergo sacramentumThus such a sacrament
veneremur cernui.may we venerate bowed.
Et antiquum documentumAnd [may] the old teaching
novo cedat rituito the new ritual cede.
Præstet fides supplementumMay faith provide a supplement
sensuum defectui.to the defect of the senses
Genitori, GenitoqueTo the Father and to the Son
laus et iubilatio,laudation and jubilation
salus, honor virtus quoqueas well as salute, honor, virtue
sit et benedictio.and benediction be.
Procedenti ab utroqueTo that proceeding from both [nb]
compar sit laudatio.comparable be the laudation.

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Soprano I

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Soprano II (begins at entrance)

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