Jul 03

Penitential Psalm No. 5: Domine exaudi orationem meam, et clamor (Psalm 102:1-28) – Orlandus Lassus

Orlande de Lassus

Orlande de Lassus (1532, possibly 1530 – 14 June 1594)

Psalm 102:1-28 [written and sung in Latin]

1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.

Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.

My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.

I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.

I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.

11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

12 But thou, O Lord, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

16 When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.

19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth;

20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

21 To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

22 When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.

23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.

25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.


Penitential Psalm No. 5: Domine exaudi orationem meam, et clamor (first published in 1584), by Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)

Performed by Choir of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford Directed by Simon Preston

 

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Jul 09

Sicut cervus [Like a deer] (Psalm 42:1) Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, c. 1525–1594

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, c. 1525–1594 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 42:1 [Latin]

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.


Sicut cervus (1584), composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)


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Nov 16

Quomodo Cantabimus [How shall we sing?] (Psalm 137:4-7) – William Byrd

William Byrd

William Byrd

Psalm 137:4-7

How shall we sing the Lord‘s song in a strange land?

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.

Quomodo Cantabimus (1584), composed by William Byrd (1540/1543-1623)


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Super Flumina Babylonis and Quomodo Cantabimus composed by Philippe de Monte; William Byrd. Arranged by Sally Dunkley. For SATB double choir. Mixed Voices. Musica dei Donum. Sacred, Choral Leaflet. Vocal score. 48 pages. Duration 12′. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193868175).