Diffusa est gratia - Propter veritatem - Vultum tuum (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2003-01-20)  CPDL #04518:            (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-01-20).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 453 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised March 23. Parts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 as published.
  • (Posted 2002-05-30)  CPDL #03648:  Network.png
Editor: Rupert Preston Bell (submitted 2002-05-30).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 59 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed down a tone. Complete work as published, including Alleluia (belonging liturgically to the Gradual & Alleluia Propter veritatem - Alleluia - Assumpta est Maria). Irregular barring assumes equal quarter notes, mostly.

General Information

Title: Diffusa est gratia - Propter veritatem - Vultum tuum
Composer: William Byrd
Source of text: Psalm 44:3,5,11-13,15-16 (Vulgate) with some alterations.

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1605 in Gradualia I, no. 22

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 45.

Latin.png Latin text

Diffusa est gratia in labiis tuis: propterea benedixit te Deus in aeternum.
Propter veritatem et mansuetudinem et justitiam: et deducet te mirabiliter dextera tua.
Audi filia, et vide, et inclina aurem tuam: quia concupivit Rex speciem tuam. (Alleluia.)
Vultum tuum deprecabuntur omnes divites plebis: filiae Regum in honore tuo.
Adducentur Regi Virgines post eam: proximae ejus afferentur tibi.
Adducentur in laetitia et exultatione: Adducentur in templum Regis.

English.png English translation

Grace is poured abroad in thy lips: therefore hath God blessed thee for ever.
Because of truth, and mildness, and justice: and thy right hand shall conduct thee marvellously.
Hear, daughter, and see, and incline thine ear, for the king hath coveted thy beauty.
All the rich of the people shall beseech thy countenance, the daughters of kings in thine honour.
Virgins shall be brought to the king after her: her neighbours shall be brought to thee.
They shall be brought in joy and exultation: they shall be brought into the temple of the king.