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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

Motet Dies Sanctificata Illuxit Nobis

( SATB 72/53/20 )

Merritt, Arthur T. Sixteenth-Century Polyphony. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1939.
(Example 235, pp. 186-196)

Dies sanctificatus illuxit nobis / Venite gentes et adorate Dominum / Quia hodie descendit lux magna in terris / Haec dies quam fecit Dominus / Exultemus et laetemur in ea.

"The hallowed day has enlightened us / Come, you peoples, and adore the Lord / For today a great light has come down on earth / This is the day which the Lord has made / Let us rejoice and be glad in it."