McDowall, Cecilia: Ave Regina (Three Latin Motets i)


Ave Regina from Three Latin Motets (2004)

Ave Regina cælorum, Ave Domina angelorum; salve radix, salve porta, ex qua mundo lux est orta. Gaude Virgo gloriosa, super omnes speciosa. Vale, O valde decora, et pro nobis Christum exora.

Hail, O Queen of Heaven enthroned, Hail, by angels Mistress owned:
root of Jesse, gate of morn, whence the world’s true light was born. Glorious Virgin, joy to thee, loveliest whom in Heaven they see. Fairest thou where all are fair! Plead with Christ our sins to spare.

Words: Latin 12C trans. Edward Caswall (1814–78)
Music: Cecilia McDowall (b. 1951)