Salve Regina: Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral

If you watched the excellent BBC documentary ‘The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral’ that I posted on the weekend before last you’d know that at least of some of them aren’t particularly keen on singing plainsong. Which doesn’t stop them from singing it superbly as this recording of them singing the Salve and singing it superbly proves. Enjoy :-).



Text & Translation: Salve Regina

LatinModern English TranslationTradition English Translation
Salve regina, mater misericordiae,Hail, O queen, mother of mercy,Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
vita, dulcedo et spes nostra salve.our life, sweetness and hope, hail.our life, our sweetness and our hope.
Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae,To thee do we sigh, daughter of Eve,To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
ad te suspiramus gementes et flentesmourning and weepingto thee do we send up our sighs,
in hac lacrimarum this vale of tears.mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Eia ergo advocata nostraO you our advocate,Turn then, most gracious advocate,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.turn on us thy merciful eyes.thine eyes of mercy toward us;
Et Iesum benedictum fructum ventris tuiAnd after this our exile show unto us Jesus,And after this our exile, show unto us
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.the blessed fruit of thy womb.the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clemens, o pia, o dulcis virgo Maria.O merciful, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

2 thoughts on “Salve Regina: Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral

  1. Just typed a comment and hit ‘reply’ in error. I seem determined to toss myself into the spam bucket :)

    Wanted to thank you for a lovely start to the day, the plainsong was wonderful.

    I guess thinking about early written music reminded me of a recording of The Seikilos Song on a LP I owned long ago, I believe it was titled Orgel und Dudelsack. Hard to imagine it being played on organ and bagpipe, but it was so moving. I can still remember my reaction to it when I first heard it on a CBC program. Probably not much chance of finding another copy of that album, but hope springs eternal :) Let’s see if I can hit the proper button this time….

    • Plainsong can be very beautiful. Good luck with your quest to unearth that recording of The Seiklos Song.


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