Speciosus forma (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2002-11-11)  CPDL #04176:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-11-11).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 134 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Feb 09.

General Information

Title: Speciosus forma
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1605 in Gradualia I, no. 17, plus verse from vol. 1 no. 6
Description: Gradual for Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin from Christmas to the Purification.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Speciosus forma prae filiis hominum: diffusa est gratia in labiis tuis.
Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: Dico ego opera mea Regi.
Lingua mea calamus scribae velociter scribentis, alleluia.

English.png English translation

Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in thy lips.
My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the king.
My tongue is the pen of a scrivener that writeth swiftly. Alleluia.
(Psalm 44:3,2,1)