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Sequenza in onore di Sant'Agnese
Manuscript source, Convent of Sant'Agnese, Bologna, late 13th century


Laetabunde celebremus Agnetis sollemnia.
Alta fuit genitura plena sapientia.
Vultu pulchra quasi rosa fide tamen pulchrior.
Amat dulcem sponsum Christum qui cunctis est dulcior.
Vicit mundum et inmundum iuvenem cum omnibus
Denudata vestimentis operitur crinibus.
Mox defunctum suscitavit virum a demonio.
Ignem vicit et exstinxit trucidatur gladio.
Ergo laudes depromamus Agnetis sanctissimae.
Cuius prece nos exaudi Iesu rex piissime. Amen.

Greatly rejoicing let us celebrate the solemnities of Agnes.
She was of high birth, full of wisdom.
Beautiful of countenance as a rose, she was yet more beautiful of faith.
She loves her sweet bridegroom Christ, who is sweeter than anyone.
She conquered the world and an impure young man with them all
stripped her of her clothes, she was covered by her hair.
Soon she raised a dead man from the devil.
She conquered the fire and extinguished it, [but] was slaughtered by the sword.
Therefore let us utter praises of the most holy Agnes.
At whose prayer hearken unto us Jesus, most merciful holy King.


from Sequenza, released May 5, 2011


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