Esteemed Readers, on the 14th Avent Day I would like to share with you a solemn composition by Jean-Baptiste Lully to create a special Christmas environment for you. This motet, Plaude Laetare Gallia, was composed on the occasion of the Grand Dauphine’s baptism taken place on 24 March 1668. Its text is very powerful & mindful, so it deserves some studying:
“Rejoice & sing, France: the lily is bathed with heavenly dew.The Dauphine is bathed in the sacred font & the Christian is dedicated to Christ.§ Oh Jesu, life to those who pray. Oh Jesu, life to those who believe, hear the prayer of thou supplicants.§ Long may the loyal Prince live & reign, ever just, ever victorious, ever royal. May he triumph in heaven, & may his crown shine for ever”.
Vive le Roy! 😊😉