Beatus Laurentius (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2013-01-26)  CPDL #28137:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2013-01-26).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original key; note values halved. Editorial accidentals added.

General Information

Title: Beatus Laurentius
Composer: Luca Marenzio

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1585 in Motectorum pro festis totius anni, no. 22
Description: Motet for the feast of St. Lawrence.

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Beatus Laurentius, dum in craticula superpositus ureretur,
ad impiissimum tyrannum dixit:
Assatum est, jam versa et manduca:
nam facultates Ecclesiae, quas requiris,
in caelestes thesauros manus pauperum deportaverunt.

English.png English translation

Blessed Lawrence, while burning on the grid-iron,
said to the impious tyrant:
"It is now broiled; turn and eat;
the riches of the Church, which you demand,
have been carried into the heavenly treasury by the hands of the poor."