Mudcat Café message #35829 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #5096   Message #35829
Posted By: Joe Offer
24-Aug-98 - 02:15 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Gaudete (from Steeleye Span)
Subject: RE: Gaudete - Steeleye Span
Absolvo te, Martin..

I think you're grammatically correct, Pete, but "Christus natus est" doesn't fit the meter. Let's chalk that one up to "poetic license." Medieval and ecclesiastical Latin took a lot of license, and "Gaudete" was written so late in the medieval-ecclesiastical period that it was far removed from the grammar of Cicero. You'll find much better grammar in 20th-century Latin, such as that used during the Second Vatican Council - but the meter of medieval and ecclesiastical Latin is much more suitable for music.
-Joe Offer-