SATB a cappella 

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Commissioned for Chanticleer by Marshall Rutter & Terry Knowles

The Princeton Singers on "Christmas with The Princeton Singers" and "I Have Had Singing"
Steven Sametz, director

Oxford University Press, 2000

Program Notes

Gaudete! is the second of the Two Medieval Lyrics. The first is There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue

Text / translation

Gaudete (Rejoice)
Gaudete, Gaudete!
Christus et natus
Ex maria virgine,

Tempus ad est gratiae,
Hoc quod optabamus;
Carmina laetitiae,
Devote redamus

Deus homo factus est,
Natura mirante;
Mundus renovatus est
A Christo regnante.

Ezechiellis porta
Clausa pertransitur;
Unde lux est orta
Salus invenitur

Ergo nostra cantio,
Psallat iam in lustro;
Benedicat Domino:
Salus Regi nostro.


Gaudete (Rejoice)

Rejoice, Rejoice!
Christ is born
Of the virgin Mary,

It is now the time of grace
That we have desired;
Let us sing songs of joy,
Let us give devotion.

God was made man,
And nature marvels;
The world was renewed
By Christ who is King.

The closed gate of Ezechiel
Has been passed through;
From where the light rises
Salvation is found.

Therefore let our assembly now sing,
Sing the Psalms to purify us;
Let it praise the Lord:
Greetings to our King.