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Warren Stewart, artistic director

Meg Bragle & Elizabeth Anker, alto
David Tayler, theorbo
Hanneke van Proosdij, organ

Peter Watchorn, producer
Joel Gordon, engineer

lyrics

Text and English Translation

Obstupescite, gentes, auribus percipite, omnes populi. Quis loquetur potentias Domini, auditas faciet omnes laudes eius? Quis pastor oves proprio pascit cruore? O prætiosum et admirandum convivium salutiferum et omni suavitate repletum. Quid hoc convivio prætiosius, in quo Christus Dei filius sumiter? Quid hoc sacramento mirabilius, in quo deliciæ Paradisi nobis parantur? Quid hoc cibo suavius, per quod dulcedo spiritualis in suo fonte gustatur?

Lauda ergo Sion salvatorem,
Lauda ducem et pastorem
In himnis ac canticis,
Quia maior omni laude,
Nec laudare sufficis.

Be amazed, you nations; listen with your ears, all you peoples. Who can tell the Lord’s powers, who can make all of His praises heard? Which shepherd feeds his sheep with his own blood? O precious and wondrous, life-giving banquet filled with all sweetness. What is more precious than this banquet in which Christ, the Son of God, is contained? What is more wondrous than this sacrament, in which the delights of Paradise are given to us? What is sweeter than this food, in which spiritual sweetness is enjoyed in its source?

So Zion, praise your Savior,
Praise your Lord and shepherd
With hymns and canticles,
For He is greater than all praise,
Nor can you praise Him enough.

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from New Tracks from Concerti Sacri, released April 1, 2013

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