Misit Herodes rex manus (Jacob Handl)

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  • (Posted 2014-05-14)  CPDL #31994:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2014-05-14).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 151 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Tranposed down a third, according to chiavette; note values halved. Editorial accidentals and slurs added.

General Information

Title: Misit Herodes rex manus
Composer: Jacob Handl
Text: Acts 12:1-3a

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1590 in Opus musicum, Volume 4, no. 115
Description: Motet for the feast of St. James the Greater.

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Misit Herodes rex manus, ut affligeret quosdam de ecclesia;
occidit autum Jacobum, fratrem Joannis gladio;
videns autem, quia placeret Judaeis, jussit apprehendere et Petrum.

English.png English translation

Herod the king stretched forth his hands, to afflict some of the church;
he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword:
and seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take up Peter also.