Primo tempore alleviata est (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2021-11-07)  CPDL #66581:     
Editor: Richard Mix (submitted 2021-11-07).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The texts of blessings are from LU

General Information

Title: Primo tempore alleviata est
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Isaiah 8-9create page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 Patrocinium musices passio quarta pars, no. 11
Description: 1st of 3 Lessons for the 1st Nocturn of Matins of Christmas

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Jube Domine benedicere.

Primo tempore alleviata est
terra Zabulon et terra Neptalim:
et novissimo aggravata est via maris
trans Jordanem Galileae gentium.

Populus qui ambulabat in tenebris
vidit lucem magnam;
habitantibus in regione umbrae mortis,
lux orta est eis.

Parvulus enim natus est nobis,
et filius datus est nobis.
Haec dicit Dominus Deus,
convertimini ad me, et salvi eritis.

Deo gratias.

English.png English translation

(Deign to give your blessing,

At the first time the land of Zabulon,
and the land of Nephtali was lightly touched:
and at the last the way of the sea beyond the Jordan
of the Galilee of the Gentiles was heavily loaded. 

The people that walked in darkness,
have seen a great light:
to them that dwelt in the region
of the shadow of death, light is risen.

For a CHILD IS BORN to us,
and a son is given to us,