Dietrich Buxtehude

I. Ad Pedes

1. Sonata

2 Concerto (SSATB)
Ecce super montes
pedes evangelizantis
et annunciantis pacem.

(Nahum 1:15)

I. To the Feet

1. Sonata

2 Concerto (SSATB)
Behold, upon the mountains
the feet of one bringing good news
and proclaiming peace.

3 Arie S I
Salve mundi salutare,
salve, salve Jesu care!
Cruci tuae me aptare
vellem vere, tu scis quare,
da mihi tui copiam.

4 Arie S II
Clavos pedum, plagas duras,
et tam graves impressuras
circumplector cum affectu,
tuo pavens in aspectu,
tuorum memor vulnerum.

3 Aria S I
Hail, salvation of the world,
Hail, hail, dear Jesus!
On your cross would I hang
Truly, you know why
Give me your strength.

4 Aria S II
The nails in your feet, the hard blows
and so grievous marks
I embrace with love,
Fearful at the sight of you
Mindful of your wounds.

5 Arie B
Dulcis Jesu, pie Deus,
Ad te clamo licet reus,
praebe mihi te benignum,
ne repellas me indignum
de tuis sanctis pedibus.

6 Concerto 
(da capo: Ecce super montes)

7 Concerto (SSATB)
Salve mundi salutare,
salve, salve Jesu care!
Cruci tuae me aptare
vellem vere, tu scis quare,
da mihi tui copiam.

5 Aria B
Sweet Jesus, merciful God
I cry to you, in my guilt
Show me your grace,
Turn me not unworthy away
From your sacred feet.

6 Concerto 
(da capo: Ecce super montes)

7 Concerto (SSATB)
Hail, salvation of the world,
Hail, hail, dear Jesus!
On your cross would I hang
Truly, you know why,
Give me your strength.

II. Ad Genua

1. Sonata

2 Concerto (SSATB)
Ad ubera portabimini,
et super genua blandicentur vobis.
(Isaiah 66:12)

II. To the Knees

1. Sonata

2 Concerto (SSATB)
You will be brought to nurse
and dandled on the knees.

3. Arie T
Salve Jesu, rex sanctorum,
spes votiva peccatorum,
crucis ligno tanquam reus,
pendens homo verus Deus,
caducis nutans genibus.

4. Arie A
Quid sum tibi responsurus,
actu vilis corde durus?
Quid rependam amatori,
qui elegit pro me mori,
ne dupla morte morerer.

3. Aria T
Hail Jesus, King of Saints
Hope of sinners' prayers,
like an offender on the wood of the cross,
a man hanging, true God,
Bending on failing knees!

4. Aria A
What answer shall I give you,
Vile as I am in deed, hard in my heart?
How shall I repay your love,
Who chose to die for me
Lest I die the second death?

5. Arie SSB
Ut te quaeram mente pura,
sit haec mea prima cura,
non est labor et gravabor,
sed sanabor et mundabor,
cum te complexus fuero.

6 Concerto 
(da capo: Ad ubera portabimini)

5. Aria SSB
That I may seek you with pure heart,
Be my first care,
It is no labour nor shall I be loaded down:
But I shall be cleansed,
When I embrace you.

6 Concerto 
(da capo: Ad ubera portabimini)

III. Ad Manus

1. Sonata

2 Concerto (SSATB)
Quid sunt plagae istae
in medio manuum tuarum?

(Zechariah 13:6)

III. To the Hands

1. Sonata

2 Concerto SSATB
What are those wounds
in the midst of your hands?

3 Arie S I
Salve Jesu, pastor bone,
fatigatus in agone,
qui per lignum es distractus
et ad lignum es compactus
expansis sanctis manibus.

4 Arie S II
Manus sanctae, vos amplector,
et gemendo condelector,
grates ago plagis tantis,
clavis duris guttis sanctis
dans lacrymas cum osculis.

3 Aria S I
Hail, Jesus, good shepherd,
wearied in agony,
tormented on the cross
nailed to the cross
your sacred hands stretched out.

4 Aria S II
Holy hands, I embrace you,
and, lamenting, I delight in you,
I give thanks for the terrible wounds,
the hard nails, the holy drops,
shedding tears with kisses.

5 Arie ATB
In cruore tuo lotum
me commendo tibi totum,
tuae sanctae manus istae
me defendant, Jesu Christe,
extremis in periculis.

6 Concerto 
(da capo: Quid sunt plagae istae)

5 Aria ATB
Washed in your blood
I wholly entrust myself to you;
may these holy hands of yours
defend me, Jesus Christ,
in the final dangers.

6 Concerto 
(da capo: Quid sunt plagae istae)

IV. Ad Latus

1. Sonata

2 Concerto SSATB
Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea,
et veni, columba mea in foraminibus petrae,
in caverna maceriae.

(Song of Solomon 2:13–14)

IV. To the Sides

1. Sonata

2 Concerto SSATB
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come, my dove in the clefts
of the rock, in the hollow of the cliff.

3 Arie S I
Salve latus salvatoris,
in quo latet mel dulcoris,
in quo patet vis amoris,
ex quo scatet fons cruoris,
qui corda lavat sordida.

4 Arie ATB
Ecce tibi appropinquo,
parce, Jesu, si delinquo,
verecunda quidem fronte,
ad te tamen veni sponte
scrutari tua vulnera.

3 Aria S I
Hail, side of the Savior,
in which the honey of sweetness is hidden,
in which the power of love is exposed,
from which gushes the spring of blood
that cleans the dirty hearts.

4 Aria ATB
Lo I approach you,
Pardon, Jesus, if I sin,
With reverent countenance
freely I come to you
to behold your wounds.

5 Arie S II
Hora mortis meus flatus
intret Jesu, tuum latus,
hinc expirans in te vadat,
ne hunc leo trux invadat,
sed apud te permaneat.

6 Concerto 
(da capo: Surge amica mea)

5 Aria S II
In the hour of death, may my soul
Enter, Jesus, your side
Hence dying may it go into you,
Lest the cruel lion seize it,
But let it dwell with you.

6 Concerto 
(da capo: Surge amica mea)

V. Ad Pectus

1. Sonata

2 Concerto a 3 voci ATB
Sicut modo geniti infantes rationabiles,
et sine dolo concupiscite,
ut in eo crescatis in salutem.
Si tamen gustatis, quoniam dulcis
est Dominus.
(1 Peter 2:2–3)

V. To the Breast

1. Sonata

2 Concerto a 3 voci ATB
Like newborn infants,
long for the guileless milk of reason,
that by it you may grow into salvation,
if indeed you have tasted
that the Lord is good.

3 Arie A
Salve, salus mea, Deus,
Jesu dulcis, amor meus,
salve, pectus reverendum,
cum tremore contingendum,
amoris domicilium.

4 Arie T
Pectus mihi confer mundum,
ardens, pium, gemebundum,
voluntatem abnegatam,
tibi semper conformatam,
juncta virtutum copia.

3 Aria A
Hail God, my salvation,
sweet Jesus, my beloved,
hail, breast to be revered,
to be touched with trembling,
dwelling of love.

4 Aria T
Give me a clean breast,
ardent, pious, moaning,
an abnegated will,
always conforming to you,
with an abundance of virtues.

5 Arie B
Ave, verum templum Dei,
precor miserere mei,
tu totius arca boni,
fac electis me apponi,
vas dives Deus omnium.

6 Concerto a 3 voci 
(da capo: Sicut modo geniti)

5 Aria B
Hail, true temple of God,
I pray, have mercy on me,
You, the ark of all that is good,
make me be placed with the chosen,
rich vessel, God of all.

6 Concerto a 3 voci 
(da capo: Sicut modo geniti)

VI. Ad Cor

1. Sonata

2 Concerto a 3 voci SSB
Vulnerasti cor meum,
soror mea, sponsa,
vulnerasti cor meum.

(Song of Songs 4:9)

VI. To the Heart

1. Sonata

2 Concerto a 3 voci SSB
You have wounded my heart,
my sister, my bride,
you have wounded my heart.

3 Arie S I
Summi regis cor, aveto,
te saluto corde laeto,
te complecti me delectat
et hoc meum cor affectat,
ut ad te loquar, animes.

4 Arie S II
Per medullam cordis mei,
peccatoris atque rei,
tuus amor transferatur,
quo cor tuum rapiatur
languens amoris vulnere.

3 Aria S I
Heart of the highest king, I greet you,
I salute you with a joyous heart,
it delights me to embrace you
and my heart aspires to this:
that you move me to speak to you.

4 Aria S II
Through the marrow of my heart,
of a sinner and culprit,
may your love be conveyed
by whom your heart was seized,
languishing through the wound of love.

5 Arie B
Viva cordis voce clamo,
dulce cor, te namque amo,
ad cor meum inclinare,
|ut se possit applicare
devoto tibi pectore.

6 Concerto a 3 voci SSB
(da capo: Vulnerasti cor meum)

5 Aria B
I call with the living voice of the heart,
sweet heart, for I love you,
to incline to my heart,
so that it may commit itself to you
in the breast devoted to you.

6 Concerto a 3 voci SSB
(da capo: Vulnerasti cor meum)

VII. Ad Faciem

1. Sonata

2 Concerto SSATB
Illustra faciem tuam super servum tuum,
salvum me fac in misericordia tua.

(Psalm 31:17)

VII. To the Face

1. Sonata

2 Concerto SSATB
Let your face shine upon your servant,
save me in your mercy.

3 Arie ATB
Salve, caput cruentatum,
totum spinis coronatum,
conquassatum, vulneratum,
arundine verberatum
facie sputis illita.

4 Arie A
Dum me mori est necesse,
noli mihi tunc deesse,
in tremenda mortis hora
veni, Jesu, absque mora,
tuere me et libera.

3 Aria ATB
Hail, bloodied head,
all crowned with thorns,
beaten, wounded,
struck with a cane,
the face soiled with spit.

4 Aria A
When I must die,
do not then be away from me,
in the anxious hour of death
come, Jesus, without delay,
protect me and set me free!

5 Arie SSATB
Cum me jubes emigrare,
Jesu care, tunc appare,
o amator amplectende,
temet ipsum tunc ostende
in cruce salutifera.

6 Concerto SSATB


5 Aria SSATB
When you command me to depart,
dear Jesus, then appear,
O lover to be embraced,
then show yourself
on the cross that brings salvation.

6 Concerto SSATB


from the Medieval hymn Salve mundi salutare, by Arnulf of Leuven (d. 1250)

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