Ut queant laxis
Composed by Paolo Diacono (Paul Varnefrido) (ca. 720 - ca. 799) as a hymn to Saint John the Baptist
 
Ut queant laxis
resonare fibris
Mira gestorum
famuli tuorum,
Solve polluti
Labii reatum, Sancte Joannes.
Ut Queant Laxis, music
 
 
So that your servants may freely sing forth the wonders of your deeds,
remove all stain of guilt from their unclean lips, O Saint John.
 
Notated music and text translation based on that given in Donald Grout's A History of Western Music, 3rd edition.