Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (King)

Peter Paul Rubens, after Jules Boilly, Crucifixion, Musée des Augustins, Toulouse

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Performance by Carolyn Sampson: soprano; Robin Blaze: countertenor; The King's Consort, Robert King, conducting.

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For individual movements, click on underlined words.Stabat Mater dolorosa
Iuxta crucem lacrimosa
Dum pendebat Filius.
The grieving Mother stood
beside the cross weeping
where her Son was hanging
Cuius animam gementem
Contristatam et dolentem
Pertransivit gladius.
Through her weeping soul,
compassionate and grieving,
a sword passed.
O quam tristis et afflicta
Fuit illa benedicta
Mater unigeniti!
O how sad and afflicted
was that blessed
Mother of the Only-begotten!
Quae moerebat et dolebat,Et tremebat cum videbat
Nati poenas incliti.

Who mourned and grieved,
the pious Mother, with seeing
the torment of her glorious Son.
Quis est homo qui non fleret,
Christi Matrem si videret
In tanto supplicio?
Who is the man who would not weep
if seeing the Mother of Christ
in such agony.
Vidit suum dulcem natum
Moriendo desolatum
Dum emisit spiritum.
She saw her sweet Son
dying, forsaken,
while He gave up His spirit.
Eia Mater, fons amoris
Me sentire vim doloris
Fac, ut tecum lugeam.
O Mother, fountain of love,
make me feel the power of sorrow,
that I may grieve with you.
Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
In amando Christum Deum
Ut sibi complaceam.
Grant that my heart may burn
in the love of the Lord Christ
that I may greatly please Him.
Sancta Mater, istud agas,
Crucifixi fige plagas
Cordi meo valide.
Holy Mother, grant this of yours,
that the wounds of the Crucified be well-formed
in my heart.
Fac, ut portem Christi mortem
Passionis fac consortem,
Et plagas recolere.
Grant that I may bear the death of Christ,
grant me the fate of His passion
and the remembrance of His wounds.
Inflammatus et accensus
Per Te, Virgo, sim defensus
In die iudicii.
Lest I be destroyed by fire, set alight,
then through you, Virgin, may I be defended
on the day of judgement.
Quando corpus morietur,Fac, ut animae donetur
Paradisi gloria. Amen.
When my body dies,
grant that to my soul is given
the glory of paradise. Amen