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Uploaded on Dec 5, 2010
This great hymn is a solemn praise of the passion of the Lord Jesus. The accompanying picture is 'The Pieta' by Carracci. Here follows the Latin and English texts:
Ave, verum corpus natum de Maria Virgine, Vere passum immolatum in Cruce pro homine, Cujus latus perforatum unda fluxit et sanguine, Esto nobis praegustatum in mortis examine. Hail, true Body, born of the Virgin Mary, who having truly suffered, was sacrificed on the cross for mankind, whose pierced side flowed with water and blood: May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet] in the trial of death.