Veni Sancte Spiritus (printed copy)
Fans of Francis Poulenc’s chansons and motets will hear his influence in this sacred setting.
Voicing: SATB a cappella
duration: 4 minutes
Shifting tonalities are paired with a chant-like melody in this gorgeous setting. The text is a prayer taken from On Revelation and Trials by St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi (1566-1607). It is from the Office of the Readings for her feast day, May 25.
Veni, Sancte Spiritus. Veniat unio Patris, beneplacitum Verbi.
Tu Spiritus veritatis, ee paemium sanctorum, refrigerium animarum,
lux tenebrarum, pauperum diitiae, amantium thesaurus, esurientium satietas,
consolatio peregrinorum; tu identique ille es, in quo omnes thesauri continentur.
Veni eet in nobis absume quicquid impedit ne nos absumamur in te.
Come, O Holy Spirit. Let this pearl of the Father and delight of the Son come.
O Spirit of truth, Thou art the reward of the saints, refreshment of souls,
light in the darkness, riches of the poor, treasure
of lovers, feeder of the hungry, and comfort of wayfarers;
indeed Thou art the one in whom all treasures are contained.
Come and consume in us whatever impedes us from being consumed by Thee.
The tessitura for the tenors is quite high, but it can easily be reinforced by a few alto voices.