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Omnia Sol Temperat

Another musical interlude, one of my favourites from Carl Orff’s splendid Carmina Burana. UPDATE: I’ve replaced the audio file with a more accessible audio .mp3 file format that should be much easier to open.

Lyrics after the jump, in both Latin and English.

Omnia sol temperat (The sun warms everything)

Omnia sol temperat                  The sun warms everything,
purus et subtilis,                  pure and gentle,
novo mundo reserat                  once again it reveals to the world
faciem Aprilis,                     April's face,
ad amorem properat                  the soul of man
animus herilis                      is urged towards love
et iocundis imperat                 and joys are governed
deus puerilis.                      by the boy-god.

Rerum tanta novitas                 All this rebirth
in solemni vere                     in spring's festivity
et veris auctoritas                 and spring's power
jubet nos gaudere;                  bids us to rejoice;
vias prebet solitas,                it shows us paths we know well,
et in tuo vere                      and in your springtime
fides est et probitas               it is true and right
tuum retinere.                      to keep what is yours.

Ama me fideliter,                   Love me faithfully!
fidem meam noto:                    See how I am faithful:
de corde totaliter                  with all my heart
et ex mente tota                    and with all my soul,
sum presentialiter                  I am with you
absens in remota,                   even when I am far away.
quisquis amat taliter,              Whosoever loves this much
volvitur in rota.                   turns on the wheel.

2 comments on “Omnia Sol Temperat

  1. 99
    27 January, 2009

    Golly. How darn soothing….

  2. peoplesgeography
    28 January, 2009

    Isn’t it? I love his voice and the slightly melancholic tinge of an otherwise celebratory song. Glad you enjoyed it. xo

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