Favourite Music Thursday – Something to Lift the Spirit

Today has been a very trying day.

I find that early music helps to lift my spirit most days and I really like Hildegard von Bingen’s music. Here’s “O Pastor animarum”, with the English translation below.


O Pastor animarum

Antiphon for the Redeemer (R 466va) by Hildegard von Bingen

O Pastor animarum et O prima vox
per quam omnes creati sumus,
nunc tibi, tibi placeat ut digneris nos
liberare de miseriis
et languoribus nostris.

O Shepherd of our souls, O primal voice,
whose call created all of us:
Now hear our plea to thee, to thee, and deign
to free us from our miseries
and feebleness.

Latin collated from the transcription of Beverly Lomer and the edition of Barbara Newman; translation by Nathaniel M. Campbell. Quoted from the website of the International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies


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