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 [nb 1]
laus et iubilatio,laudation and jubilation
salus, honor virtus quoqueas well as salute, honour, virtue
sit et benedictio.and benediction be.
Procedenti ab utroqueTo That proceeding from both [nb 2]
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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