The Ave Verum

The 'Ave Verum' is one of Mozart's most famous and most popular works. It was written to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi (which was of particular importance in Mozart's native Austria at the time). It was first performed at the parish church in Baden, Austria on Corpus Christi day in 1791 (Mozart gave it as a gift to the local choirmaster, Anton Stoll, with whom he became friends while Mozart's wife was staying at a nearby spa during her sixth pregancy). Mozart's autograph on the original manuscript is dated 17th June 1791 - less than six months before his death on December 5th.

The verse itself is from a 14th century hand written document from Reichenau, by an unknown author. Despite its close links with Mozart, at Saint Wulstan's you are more likely tohear the same words sung to music by Edward Elgar, with the children taking a leading role.

Latin English
  • Ave Verum Corpus natum
  • de Maria Virgine.
  • Vere passum immolatum
  • in cruce pro homine:
  • cuius latum perforatum
  • aqua fluxit et sanguine.
  • Esto nobis praegustatum
  • in mortis examine.
  • O clemens, O pie
  • O dulcis Jesu, Fili Mariae.
  • Amen.
  • Hail, true Body, truly born
  • of the Virgin Mary mild.
  • Truly offered, wracked and torn,
  • on the Cross for all defiled,
  • from Whose love-pierced, sacred side
  • flowed Thy true Blood's saving tide:
  • be a foretaste sweet to me
  • in my death's great agony.
  • O gentle, O pious
  • O sweet Jesus, Son of Mary.
  • Amen
  • Alternatively ending
  • O Iesu dulcis!
  • O Iesu pie!
  • O Iesu Fili Mariae.
  • Amen.

  • Alternatively ending
  • O my loving, Gentle One,
  • Sweetest Jesus,
  • Mary's Son. Amen.