In te Domine speravi (Josquin des Prez)

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General Information

Title: In te Domine speravi, per trovar pietà
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SacredFrottola

Languages: Latin, Italian
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1465 in Cancionero de Palacio, no. 068
First published: 1504 in Frottole libro 1, no. 56
Description: In te Domine speravi, per trovar pietà is a frottola found in many old manuscripts, often times attributed to "Josquin d'Ascanio", who today is believed to be des Prez' nickname during the time he was in the service of Cardinal Ascanio. Josquin also published a Latin-only contrafactum for this same work under the title In te, Domine, speravi, non confundar. It is sometimes told that the Latin-Italian version is actually a cynical reminder to the Cardinal of a retarded payment for Josquin's services (though similar stories exist about other compositions of Josquin), while the Latin-only version is a later adaptation to be used in church services.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin and Italian.png Italian text

In te Domine speravi
Per trovar pietà in eterno.
Ma in un tristo e obscuro inferno
Fui et frustra laboravi.

Rotto e al vento ogni speranza
Veggio il ciel voltarmi in pianto.
Suspir lacrime m'avanza
Del mio tristo sperar tanto.

Fui ferito, se non quanto
Tribulando ad te clamavi.
In te Domine speravi.

English.png English translation

In Thee O Lord did I hope
To find pity for ever.
But in a sad and dark hell
I was, and suffered in vain.

Broken and thrown to the wind is all hope.
I have seen heaven turn me to weeping.
Only sighs and tears remain
To me of my sad, strong hope.

I was wounded, but in my sorrow
I called upon Thee.
In Thee O Lord did I hope.

German.png German translation

In Dich, Herr, habe ich meine Hoffnung gesetzt,
um ewiges Erbarmen zu finden.
Doch in einer traurigen und dunklen Hölle
befand ich mich und habe mich vergebens bemüht.

Zermartert und jede Hoffnung verweht, sehe ich
den Himmel mir gegenüber sich in Weinen verkehren.
Mir bleibt von meiner traurigen großen Hoffnung nur übrig,
seufzend Tränen zu vergießen.

Ich bin verwundet worden, bis ich
in Nöten zu Dir gerufen habe.
In Dich, Herr, habe ich meine Hoffnung gesetzt.