Ecce quod natura

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    This disc comes in an attractive 4-panel wallet-style format, with a CD sleeves. There is no plastic tray, which makes for a greener (and more lightweight) package. The CD allows listeners to share the beauty, excitement, intensity and variety found in a Blue Heron concert performance. It includes plainchant, carols, and other music for Advent and Christmas from 15th-century England. It is comprised entirely of tracks recorded live at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational in December 2013.

    The package includes a booklet with notes by Music Director Scott Metcalfe.

    Including unlimited streaming of Christmas in Medieval England via the free bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Christmas in Medieval England via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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lyrics

Ecce, quod natura
Mutat sua jura:
Virgo parit pura
Dei filium.

Ecce novum gaudium,
Ecce novum mirum:
Virgo parit filium
Que non novit virum.
Que non novit virum,
Sed ut pirus pirum,
Gleba fert saphirum,
Rosa lilium.

Mundum Deus flebilem
Videns in ruina,
Florem delectabilem
Produxit de spina;
Produxit de spina
Virgoque regina,
Mundi medecina,
Salus gencium.

Nequivit divinitas
Plus humiliari,
Nec nostra fragilitas
Magis exaltari:
Magis exaltari
Quam celo collocari
Deoque equari
Per conjugium.

Translation:
Behold, Nature
changes her laws:
a pure virgin gives birth
to the son of God.

Behold, a new joy,
behold, a new wonder:
a virgin gives birth to a son,
she who knew not man.
She knew not man,
but bore as the pear tree bears a pear,
a clod of earth a sapphire,
the rose a lily.

God, seeing the wretched world
in ruin,
brought forth a delightful flower
from a thorn;
from a thorn she brought forth,
virgin and queen,
healing to the world
and salvation of the peoples.

Divinity could not have been
more humbled,
nor our fragility
more exalted:
more exalted
than to be raised to Heaven
and made equal to God
through this union.

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from Christmas in Medieval England, released October 9, 2015
Selden MS

Singers
Pamel Dellal, Owen McIntosh, Michael Barrett

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Blue Heron, directed by Scott Metcalfe, has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the “expressive intensity” of its interpretations; the Boston Musical Intelligencer calls Blue Heron “a fantastic model for the fully-realized potential of early music performance in the 21st century.” ... more

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