Psalm 40 (Claude Goudimel)

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  • (Posted 2012-06-11)  CPDL #26480:        (Finale 2011)
Editor: Paul R. Marchesano (submitted 2012-06-11).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note values halved. Time signature and barring editorial, inferred.

General Information

Title: Psalm 40

Composer: Claude Goudimel

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1564
Description: The tune (appears in the tenor) and text were published in Les pseaumes mis en rime francoise by Clément Marot, & Théodore de Bèze. Goudimel publshed a harmonization in 'Les Cent Cinquante Psaumes de David' of 1564. The Middle French varies somewhat from modern French usage.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

1. Aprés avoir constanment attendu, de l’eternel la volonté,
Il s’est tourne de mon costé, et a mon cri au besoin entendu,
Hors de fançe et d’or dure, et profondeur obscure, d’un gouffre m’a tiré:
a mes piés affermis, et au chemin remis, sur un roc asseuré.

2. J’ay publie ta justice et presché, voire sans feindreˬaucunément:
Seigneur tu le sais, et comment rien je n’en ay tenu clos ne caché,
Ta loyauté constante, ton aide tant puissante Je déclareˬa chacun:
J’annonce ta bonté et grandˈ fidélité, au milieu du commun.

English.png English translation

Translation adapted from Ifor Jones
1. After patiently waiting for the eternal will of God, he turned to my side and he heard my cry of need
and out of the deep dark abyss that calls me he pulled me: [and out of the swamp and mud and dark from an error he pulled me:]
My feet he made firm and put me on the right path, on a firm rock.

2. I have announced your justice and proclaimed it even without pretending to anyone, Lord, you know it.
And know, I have kept nothing closed or hidden.
Your constant loyalty, your help, so powerful, I declare it to everyone.
I announce your kindness and great fidelity in the midst of the people.

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 40.