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Maria zart von edler art, by Arnolt Schlick (c​.​1455–1521)

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A Marian devotional song published by Arnolt Schlick in "Tabulatur etlicher Lobgesang und lidlein" (Mainz, 1512), a book that combined tablature for organ with pedal, as well as for solo voice and lute. Of the scant eleven printed stanzas, we limit our rendition to only two.

lyrics

Maria zart, von edler Art, ein Ros ohn’ allen Doren.
Du hast aus Macht herwiederbracht,
Das vor lang war verloren durch Adams Fall.
Dir hat die Wahl Sankt Gabriel versprochen.
Hilf, daß nicht wird gerochen mein‘ Sünd und Schuld.
Erwirb mir Huld,
Dann kein Trost ist, wo du nicht bist.
Barmherzigkeit erwerben; am letzten End,
ich bitt', nich wend' von mir in meinem Sterben.

Maria rein, Du bist allein der Sünder Trost auf Erden,
Darum dich hat der ewig Rat erwählt, ein Mutter werden
Des höchsten Heil, der durch Urteil
Am jüngsten Tag wird richten.
Halt mich in deinen Pflichten,
O werte Frucht, all’ mein‘ Zuflucht
Hab’ ich zu dir; am Kreuz bist mir
Mit Sankt Johannes geben,
Daß du auch mein’ Mutter wöll’st sein,
Frist hier und dort mein Leben.


English translation:

Maria tender, of noble being, a rose without thorns.
By your power you have returned
what had been long lost through Adam's fall.
You have been chosen by Saint Gabriel's promise.
Help that my sin and guilt may not be avenged.
Procure my grace
For there is no consolation without You.
Gain mercy for me; at the end,
I pray to You: turn not away from me at my death.

Maria pure, you alone are the sinner’s earthly consolation,
Therefore the eternal counsel chose you as a Mother
To the utmost salvation, who by judgment
On the last day will judge.
Hold me in your duty,
O worthy fruit, all my refuge I find in you;
On the cross you are given
together with St. John,
That you may also be my mother,
Here in this time, and in my life.

credits

from Magnum Mysterium: Advent & Christmas music for lute & voice, released November 1, 2016
Donna Stewart, voice, Ron Andrico lute.
Recorded live at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus. Cleveland, OH

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