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Gaude Mater Polonia
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Gaude Mater Polonia

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Gaude Mater Polonia (Rejoice, oh Mother Poland) was probably the most popular medieval Polish hymn, written in the 13th-14th century in memory of saint Stanisław Szczepanowski, bishop of Cracow. Polish knights used to sing it after victory in battle, presumably to one of the Gregorian chant melodies associated with "O Salutaris Hostia", on which it is based.

Nowadays Gaude Mater Polonia is sung at most universities of Poland for the inauguration of the academic year as well as during important national holidays relating to Poland's history.
Gaude, mater Polonia, 
prole fecunda nobili. 
Summi Regis magnalia 
laude frequenta vigili. 

O ciesz się, Matko-Polsko, w sławne 
Potomstwo płodna! Króla królów 
I najwyższego Pana wielkość 
Uwielbiaj chwałą przynależną. 

Rejoice, oh Mother Poland
Rich in noble offspring,
Mighty works of the greatest King
Worship with incessant praise.
O salutaris Hostia,
Quae caeli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur, fer auxilium.
Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria,
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.
Tantum ergo Sacramentum 
veneremur cernui: 
et antiquum documentum 
novo cedat ritui: 
praestet fides supplementum 
sensuum defectui. 
Genitori, Genitoque 
laus et jubilatio, 
salus, honor, virtus quoque 
sit et benedictio: 
Procedenti ab utroque 
compar sit laudatio. 
Amen. Alleluja.
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The anthem Gaude Mater Polonia came to existence in 1253, along with the canonisation of Stanisław Szczepanowski on 8 September in Assisi; Stanisław died a martyr's death on 11 April 1079. The author of the anthem is the first Polish composer in music history known by name, the poet Vincent of Kielcz, OP, a Cracovian canon and chaplain of Bishop Iwo Odrowąż. For a long time he was mistakenly called Vincent of Kielce, and he wrote the hymn to commemorate the canonisation of St Stanisław. It is assumed that the first performance of the piece took place on 8 May 1254, during the canonisation ceremonies in Kraków.​

From a musical view, Gaude, Mater Polonia holds a unique melodic line that does not resemble any known in other Latin anthems. Its melody has a symmetrical structure, of an arc or bow type, making it a story-type melody that is characteristic of folk songs. It has an overjoyed but proud character. Some sources say that the inspiration for the melody was the anthem to Saint Dominic, Gaude Mater Ecclesia ("Rejoice, oh Mother Church"), having its roots with Italian Dominicans.

It is most commonly sung in the arrangement of Teofil Tomasz Klonowski (1805–1876). It is written for a four-voice, mixed choir, with the melody being captured in a four measure phrase. Although it is no longer the National anthem of Poland, it often accompanies ceremonies of national and religious importance. - Wiki