Luca Marenzio: Salve Regina

Fra Filippo Lippi, Coronation of the Blessed Virgin (detail), Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, 1440s

Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae,
ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.

Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Performance of Claritas (Charlotte Kirby, soprano; Alexandra Barrett, alto; Nicholas Mulroy, tenor; Samuel Barrett, bass; Sarah Pickersgill,soprano; Mythili Vamadevan, alto; Alexander Jupp, tenor; Andrew Kidd,bass), James Grossmith conducting. [we7] (info)