João IV: Crux fidelis

Don Joao IV, King of Portugal

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Crux fidelis, inter omnes arbor una nobilis:
nulla silva talem profert,
fronde, flore, germine.
Dulce lignum,
Dulces clavos,
dulce pondus sustinet.

Faithful cross,
above all other,
the one noble tree.
None in foliage, nor in blossom,
nor in fruit offers more:
sweetest wood and sweetest iron,
sweetest weight is hung on thee!

Performance by The
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Stephen Darlington conducting. [BNQ]

Performance by the
King's Singers. [listen]

Performance by the
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Philip Ledger conducting. [BNQ]

Performance by the
Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner conducting. [listen]

Performance by the
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting. [listen