CSM Cantiga 390 Lyrics: Sempre faz o mellor

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Sempre faz o mellor
Cantiga 390: Sempre faz o mellor
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Esta é de loor de Santa María.

Line Refrain  Metrics  
1 Sempre faz o mellor 6  A
2 a Madre do Sennor 6  A
3 Salvador. 3  A
 
  Stanza I     
4 A nós faz que non possamos errar, 10  b
5 e a Déus que nos queira perdõar 10  b
6 e eno séu paraíso nos dar 10  b
7 gran sabor. 3  A
  Sempre faz o mellor...    
 
  Stanza II     
8 A nós faz que queiramos Déus servir, 10  b
9 e a el que nos faça repentir 10  b
10 dos érros e a emenda vĩir 10  b
11 con amor. 3  A
  Sempre faz o mellor...    
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  Stanza III     
12 A nós faz que sabiamos Déus temer, 10  b
13 e a ele que queira receber 10  b
14 nósso serviço, por nos pois meter 10  b
15 u el for. 3  A
  Sempre faz o mellor...    
 
  Stanza IV     
16 A nós faz que connoscamos a Déus, 10  b
17 e a ele que nos tenna por séus, 10  b
18 pois por nós pres mórte pelos judéus 10  b
19 con door. 3  A
  Sempre faz o mellor...    
 
  Stanza V     
20 A nós faz que o amemos mais d' al, 10  b
21 e a ele que nos guarde de mal 10  b
22 e do fógo do inférno mortal 10  b
23 queimador. 3  A
  Sempre faz o mellor...    
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
www.cantigasdesantamaria.com/csm/390
 
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Manuscript references

External links marked are to facsimiles on Greg Lindahl's Cantigas de Santa Maria website.

[E]390viewhttp://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/E/697small.htmlExternal link

Oxford CSM Database record

External link to poem data:  CSM 390http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=390

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Metrical summary

Refrain

6  6  3

Stanzas

10  10  10  3

Rhyme

AAA / bbbA
 RIIIIIIIVV
A
b ɛu̯sal

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow505:05
Slow1002:32
Medium1501:42
Fast2001:16
Very fast2501:01

These are very approximate total times for a full sung (or spoken) performance of all stanzas with all repeats of the refrain. Note that the speed is in average syllables per minute, and no particular mensural interpretation is assumed. More ornamented music will reduce the syllabic speed considerably. Remember also to add time for instrumental preludes, interludes and postludes.

Total syllables: 255