Hodie Simon Petrus (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2003-10-14)  CPDL #05697:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-10-14).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 165 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Jan 09.

General Information

Title: Hodie Simon Petrus
Composer: William Byrd

Note: In bar 19, Cantus secundus, the second minim should perhaps be a D rather than a C. - Mick Swithinbank

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1607 in Gradualia II, no. 42
Description: Magnificat antiphon, 2nd Vespers, SS Peter & Paul

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Hodie Simon Petrus ascendit crucis patibulum, alleluia.
Hodie clavicularius regni gaudens migravit ad Christum.
Hodie Paulus apostolus, lumen orbis terrae, inclinato capite pro Christi nomine, martyrio coronatus est, alleluia.

English.png English translation

Today Simon Peter ascended the gibbet of the cross, alleluia:
today he, keeper of the keys of the kingdom, departed hence with joy to Christ:
today did the Apostle Paul, the light of the whole world, bow his head, and for Christ’s Name’s sake
receive the crown of his martyrdom, alleluia.