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Lux aurumque lyrics

Latin Lyrics:

calida gravisque pura velut aurum
et canunt angeli molliter
modo natum.

English Lyrics:

warm and heavy as pure gold
and the angels sing softly
to the new-born baby. - Edward Esch

Whitacre had the poem translated into Latin for his setting.

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Top 9 comments

  • kes 0 points

    Any chance that the word "modo" is actually the word "novo" in Latin? That would seem to be truer to the original English. I took a lotta years of Latin back in the day.

  • Sam 0 points

    My high school choir just went to new york and sang this, among other songs, in carnegie hall...with Eric Whitacre. Best experience of my life.

  • Clare 0 points

    The original English lyrics by Edward Esch, as quoted on Eric Whitacre's website ( are:

    warm and heavy as pure gold
    and angels sing softly
    to the new-born babe.

  • Will 0 points

    For "gravis" I would try 'profound' as a poetic translation.

  • Bruce 0 points

    This song brings me to weep every time I hear it.

  • sarah 0 points

    we are playing this piece for our x-mas concert. our teacher was telling us about it and how he felt about this. i thought it was pretty AWESOME!!! it just rocks my socks off!

  • Jason 0 points

    I wish our music department knew about Eric W. when I was in high school. I would have loved to play/sing anything of his.

  • Bryan 0 points

    i played this is a year or two ago when i was in high school, and it is still the best piece we have performed. you can never go wrong with chorals or whitacre. :)

  • Lyn 0 points

    my high school honors ensemble just sang this song at our christmas concert and i'm pretty sure it was the best piece we've done all year!

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