Cunctis diebus (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2003-10-22)  CPDL #05827:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-10-22).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 146 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Sept 08.

General Information

Title: Cunctis diebus
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript ca. 1575 in The Baldwin Partbooks, no. 68
First published: 1591 in Cantiones Sacrae II, no. 30
Description: No. 135a in The Baldwin Partbooks has the sexta pars.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Cunctis diebus quibus nunc milito, expecto donec veniat immutatio mea.
Dimitte me ergo, ut plangam paululum dolorem meum,
Antequam vadam, ut non revertar ad terram miseriae ubi est nullus ordo, sed sempiternus horror inhabitat.
Job 14:14, 10:20-22

English.png English translation

All the days, in which I am now in warfare, I expect until my change do come.
Suffer me, therefore, that I may a little lament my sorrow:
Before I go, and return not, to a land of misery and darkness, where is no order, but everlasting horror inhabiteth.