Translation of "Maria, Maria" (Czech Hymn)
  • NihilNominisNihilNominis
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    The hymn in the Czech "Kancional"
    A nice recording of the original

    Maria, Maria! / The sun cannot compare, / the moon is not so fair, / no treasure is so rare as Mary. / Pronounce her name so sweet / till praises rise to greet / the stars strewn at her feet, Maria!

    Maria, Maria! / Draw to the Father nigh / with thy dear Son on high, / and pray for those who cry to Mary. / To thee our cause we plead, assist us in our need, / we beg thee, intercede, Maria!

    Maria, Maria! / Beg Jesus Christ, thy Son, / the sole-begotten One, / that our guilt be undone, O Mary. / So that we may exclaim, / set free from every shame, / the wonders of thy name: Maria!

    Maria, Maria! / Pray that the Spirit, He / Who overshadowed thee, / our light and guide would be, sweet Mary! / Kept steadfast in His love, / make us partakers of / unending joys above, Maria!

    -trans. smc, 2021
  • ServiamScores
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    This is a positively charming Marian text.
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  • ServiamScores
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    I’ve tried finding an satb edition of this hymn and can’t find one, so I’ll write one soon and post it here.
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  • Annabel
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    This would be lovely for 12 September.
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  • ServiamScores
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    Alright, here's my crack at it. I decided to forego the czech arrangement with repeat symbols in favor of it being written out; this allowed me to keep the stave height to a minimum as well as alter the harmonization for the repetition of the melody. I hope you all like it. Let me know if there is a typo or voice leading error. I whipped this up pretty quickly. I'm attaching the score as well as a quick organ recording so you can hear the harmonization.
  • ServiamScores
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    And here is a melody only, statement sized version for worship aids.
  • NihilNominisNihilNominis
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    Lovely!! Thank you so much!
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  • ServiamScores
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    I am putting this in front of our congregation this week as our entrance hymn since it is a month of Mary. I'm excited to show it to our choir tonight. I suspect they will love it as much as I do.

    PS—I re-uploaded the SATB score in my comment above with a few tweaks.
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  • NihilNominisNihilNominis
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    Our choir singing (unison, with my accomp. Didn't have James's version yet).