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Ave Verum Corpus

Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, with Leonard Bernstein leading the Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, in a 1990 recording.

Ave verum corpus natum
de Maria Virgine,
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine,
cuius latus perforatum
unda fluxit et sanguine,
esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.

Or, if you prefer the translation:

Hail, true Body,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Truly suffered, immolated
On the Cross for man,
Whose pierced side
Flowed with water and blood,
Let it be for us a foretaste [of heaven]
In the trial of death.
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