Cum essem parvulus (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2018-07-23)  CPDL #50653: 
Original key (chiavi naturali):   (MIDI)    
Transposed up a tone:   (MIDI)  
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2018-07-23).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1582 print. Original note values.
  • (Posted 2018-03-02)  CPDL #48955:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-03-02).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone. Note values halved. Reformatting of #1549, with minor adjustments to the underlay, and to slurring.
  • (Posted 2003-05-07)  CPDL #04984:  Network.png
Editor: Kelvin Smith (submitted 2003-05-07).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 362 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch and note values. First part only.
  • (Posted 2000-10-27)  CPDL #01549:        (Finale 2002)
Editor: Marc Vilain (submitted 2000-10-27).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 118 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone. Note values halved. Updated 2015-02-09. Score errors fixed.

General Information

Title: Cum essem parvulus (secunda pars Nunc cognosco)
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Source of text: 1 Corinthians 13:11-13

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1582 in Mottetta 6 vocum typis nondum uspiam excusa, no. 5
    2nd published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 388
Description: apt for OT 4C

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Cum essem parvulus,
Loquebar ut parvulus,
Sapiebam ut parvulus,
Cogitabam ut parvulus,
Quando autem factus sum vir,
Evacuavi quae erant parvuli:
Videmus nunc per speculum ænigmate,
Tunc autem facie ad faciem.
Nunc cognosco ex parte,
Tunc autem cognoscam sicut et cognitus sum.
Nunc autem manent:
Fides, Spes, Charitas tria hæc:
Major autem horum est Charitas.

English.png English translation

When I was a child,
I talked like a child,
I possessed a child's knowledge,
I thought like a child.
But now that I am a man,
I have put aside childish things.
We now see confused images as through a mirror,
But then [we'll see] directly.
Now I know [things] partially,
Then, however, I will know in the way I have also been known.
Now thus remain these three things:
Faith, Hope, and Charity.
But the greatest of them is Charity.