CSM Cantiga 150 Lyrics: A que Déus ama, amar devemos

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A que Déus ama, amar devemos
Cantiga 150: A que Déus ama, amar devemos
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Esta é de loor de Santa María.

Line Refrain  Metrics  
1 A que Déus ama, amar devemos; 9' A
2 a que Déus preça e nós precemos, 9' A
3 a que Déus honrra, nós muit' honrremos; 9' A
4 esta é sa Madre Santa María. 10' B
  Stanza I     
5 Non houv' a outra tal amor mostrado 10' c
6 com' a esta, pois el quis ensserrado 10' c
7 seer en ela e hóme formado, 10' c
8 e fez Madre da filla que havía. 10' B
  A que Déus ama, amar devemos...    
  Stanza II     
9 Preçou-a mais d' outra ren que fezésse, 10' c
10 pois que quiso que el por fill' houvésse 10' c
11 e outrossí que todo ben soubésse, 10' c
12 mais que quantas cousas feitas havía. 10' B
  A que Déus ama, amar devemos...    
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
  Stanza III     
13 Honrrou-a tanto, per que é chamada 10' c
14 Sennor de todos, Madr' e Avogada; 10' c
15 e foi nos Céos per el corõada, 10' c
16 e a par dele sée todavía. 10' B
  A que Déus ama, amar devemos...    
  Stanza IV     
17 E pois per ela nos déu nóva lee 10' c
18 Nóstro Sennor, peçamos-lle mercee 10' c
19 que róg' a el que nóssos érros vee, 10' c
20 que nos guarde de mal e de folía. 10' B
  A que Déus ama, amar devemos...    
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Manuscript references

External links marked are to facsimiles on Greg Lindahl's Cantigas de Santa Maria website.

[E]150viewhttp://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/E/290small.htmlExternal link
[T](folio lost)

Oxford CSM Database record

External link to poem data:  CSM 150http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=150

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Metrical summary


9'  9'  9'  10'


10'  10'  10'  10'


AAAB / cccB
c adoɛseadae.e

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow507:37
Very fast2501:31

These are very approximate total times for a full sung (or spoken) performance of all stanzas with all repeats of the refrain. Note that the speed is in average syllables per minute, and no particular mensural interpretation is assumed. More ornamented music will reduce the syllabic speed considerably. Remember also to add time for instrumental preludes, interludes and postludes.

Total syllables: 381