Cantate Domino translation
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The phrase Cantate Domino basically translates "Sing to the Lord." Its use in church music most often comes from Psalm 96:1-4 (95 in the Latin Vulgate) which was the Introit for the Fourth Sunday after Easter (Easter 5 in other words). In the current lectionaries (Episcopal, Revised Common and Roman), it is the appointed psalmody on Christmas I, Proper 24A, Epiphany 9C, and Proper 4C. The Roman and soon to be former Episcopal Lectionary also include it on Epiphany 2C.
The following translation was constructed from the text Translations and Annotations of Chroal Repertoire, Volume 1: Sacred Latin Texts, and the Psalter in the Book of Common Prayer (1979). To those looking for translations to this text, some motets under the name Cantate Domino actually use multiple different texts such as including Psalm 98, which was part of the original Introit.
Cantate Domino canticum novum
cantate Domino ominis terra.
Sing to the Lord a new song,
sing to the Lord all the earth.
Cantate Domino, et benedicte nomini ejus.
Annuntiate de die in diem salutare ejus.
Sing to the Lord and bless his name (give praise);
proclaim (announce) his salvation from day to day.
Annuntiate inter gentes gloriam ejus,
in ominbus populis mirabilia ejus.
Declare (announce) his glory among the nations,
his wonders among all people.
Quoniam magnus Dominus et laudabilis nimis;
terribilis est super omnes deos.
For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
Ron Jeffers, ed., Translations and Annotations of Chroal Repertoire, Volume 1: Sacred Latin Texts (Corvallis, Oregon: Earthsongs, 1988), 108-109.
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