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This is a sequence of carols from King’s College in 2010.  Lux Aurumque is No.18.

LUX AURUMQUE TRANSLATION

Latin Translation ©2001 by Charles Anthony Silvestri
(English poem by Edward Esch)

LUX, Light,
CALIDA GRAVISQUE warm and heavy
PURA VELUT AURUM as pure gold,
ET CANUNT ANGELI and the angels sing softly
MOLLITER MODO NATUM. to the newborn babe.

Latin Lyrics:

Lux, Lux
Lux, Lux
Lux Lux
Calida
Calida
Gravis que
Gravis que
Gravis que
Pura
Pura velut aurum
canunt et canunt et canunt
et canunt angeli
canunt moliter
natum, modo natum.

English Lyrics:

Light, Light
Light, Light
Light, Light
Warm
Warm
and heavy/loaded/pregnant/deep/dignified* (Profound)
and heavy/loaded/pregnant/deep/dignified* (Profound)
and heavy/loaded/pregnant/deep/dignified* (Profound)
Pure
Pure as if gold
(They) sing/prophesy and (they) sing/prophesy and (they) sing/prophesy.

*’Gravis que’ is actually written and said as one word, Gravisque, meaning “and [definition]. There are so many words listed because it actually means all of those, in a poetic sense that is difficult to capture in one word in English.

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