Haec dicit Dominus - Haec dicit Dominus (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-29)  CPDL #39851:        (Sibelius 4) Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 103 kB   
SATB arrangement     (Sibelius 4) Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Editor: Brian Marble (submitted 2016-05-29).   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: slight reformat: SATBB.
  • (Posted 2003-05-08)  CPDL #04998:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-05-08).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 141 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Dec 08.

General Information

Title: Haec dicit Dominus
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1591 in Cantiones Sacrae II, no. 13-14

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Haec dicit Dominus: vox in excelsis audita est lamentationis, luctus et fletus, Rachaell plorantis filios suos, et nolentis consolari super eos, quia non sunt.
Haec dicit Dominus: quiescat vox tua a ploratu, et oculi tui a lacrimis, quia est merces operi tuo, ait Dominus, et est spes in novissimis tuis, et revertentur filii ad terminos suos.

English.png English translation

Thus saith our Lord: A voice of lamentation is heard on high of the mourning, and weeping, of Rachel weeping for her children,
and refusing to be comforted for them, because they are not.
Thus saith our Lord: Let thy voice cease from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: because there is a reward for thy work,
saith our Lord: and there is hope to thy last ends, and the children shall return to their borders.

Jeremiah 31: 15-17