Tribulatio proxima est - Contumelias et terrores (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2002-12-13)  CPDL #04351:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-12-13).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 130 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Dec 08.

General Information

Title: Tribulatio proxima est
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 27
First published: 1591 in Cantiones Sacrae II, no. 8-9

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Tribulatio proxima est et non est qui adjuvet. Sed tu, Domine, defensor vitae meae, vindica me.
Contumelias et terrores passus sum ab eis. Adjutor et protector meus es tu : Domine, ne moreris.

English.png English translation

Tribulation is very near: for there is none to help me. But thou, O Lord, defender of my life, do thou deliver me.
Reproaches and terrors have I suffered from them. Thou art my helper and my deliverer: O Lord, make no delay.