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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

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Antiphona, In Paradisum


Source : ‘Eustache Du Caurroy: Requiem des rois de France’; Doulce Mémoire; dir. Denis Raisin-Dadre; Astrée-Naïve E 8660 (1999).


Antiphon sung after the Absolution, over the resting-place of the deceased.

"The pièces d'honneur were laid down, and each returned to his place, Monsieur Le Comte de S. Paul rose and said in a moderate voice, 'The King is dead'; then the lead Herald of Arms strode three paces to the center of the choir, spoke the same words, & said three times in a loud voice, 'The King is dead. Let us all pray to God for his soul'. And then all knelt, tears in their eyes." (Mercure françois, 1610, f. 470v).

Transcription (in French)

In paradisum deducant te Angeli : in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem.

(Jusqu’en paradis, que les anges te conduisent ; à ton arrivée, que les martyrs te reçoivent, et qu’ils te conduisent dans la Sainte cité de Jérusalem.)

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