O Domine adjuva me (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2022-11-17)  CPDL #71587:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2022-11-17).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2004-10-25)  CPDL #08338:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-10-25).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 123 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Dec 08.

General Information

Title: O Domine adjuva me
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: Latin

    Manuscript ca. 1575 in The Baldwin Partbooks, no. 16
    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 10
First published: 1589 in Cantiones Sacrae I, no. 5

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O Domine adjuva me, et salvus ero: et libera me de laqueo mortis æternæ,
ne me surripiat hostis astutus, set vigilantem semper reperiat, quia peccavi nimis.
Et si commisi unde me damnare potes, non amisisti quo me salvare potes:
nec gaudes perditione morientium, sed ut viverent tu mortuus es,
et mors tua peccatorum mortem, occidit in sæcula.

English.png English translation

O Lord, help me, and I shall be saved: and deliver me from the snare of eternal death. Let not the crafty foe steal me away,
but always find me vigilant, for I have sinned exceedingly. And if I have committed that which can damn me, thou hast not lost
that which can save me. Thou dost not rejoice in the damnation of the dying, but hast died that they might live, and thy
death hath slain the death of sinners for ever.