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This is an interesting example of a genre of renaissance Italian vernacular spiritual songs called Laudi Spirituali. This example was published by Vincent Novello in 1847. I have slightly altered Novello's translation to make it both more melifluous and more accurate. The melodies from these spiritual songs were often appropriated by such composers as Josquin des Prez and incorporated in more formal Latin choral works for use in church. The image (below right) shows the text of a lauda spirituale from a fourteenth-century Italian manuscript.
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