Paulus apostolus (Cristóbal de Morales)

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  • (Posted 2006-02-18)  CPDL #11015:       
Editor: Michael Wendel (submitted 2006-02-18).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 157 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright © Michael Wendel 2005, This edition may be freely duplicated, distributed, performed or recorded for non-profit performance or use.

General Information

Title: Paulus apostolus
Composer: Cristóbal de Morales

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1543 in Moralis Hispani, Edition 1, no. 23
    2nd published: 1546 in Moralis Hispani, Edition 2, no. 16
Description: No. 16 of 20 motets published in 1546 in Venice by Antonio Gardano. (facsimile from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich (4° 42/3))

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Paulus apostolus spirans in discipulos Domini
cum iter faceret et appropinquaret Damasco,
subiter circumfulsit eum lux de caelo,
et cadens in terra audivit vocem dicentem sibi:
'Saule, quid me persequeris?'
Qui audita voce dixit:
'Quis es, Domine?'
'Ego sum Iesus Nazarenus,
quem tu persequeris.
Durum est tibi contra stimulum calcitrare.'
'Domine, quid vis me facere?'
'Surge, quia vas electionis factus es mihi,
plenus spiritu sancto,
ut portes nomen meum in universo mundo.'

English.png English translation

Paul the apostle
[as he subsequently became; at this point in the narrative, Saul]
was uttering threats against the Lord’s disciples.
As he neared Damascus on his journey,
suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him,
“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
Hearing that, he said:
“Who are you, Lord?”
“I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.
This is a thankless task of yours, kicking against the goad.”
“Lord, what would you have me do?”
“Arise, for you are my chosen instrument,
full of the holy spirit, and proclaim my name to the whole world.”