Vide Domine afflictionem - Sed veni Domine (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2022-11-17)  CPDL #71586:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2022-11-17).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 119 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2003-03-03)  CPDL #04654:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-03-03).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 291 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised April 24 (editorial, formatting).

General Information

Title: Vide Domine afflictionem
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript ca. 1575 in The Baldwin Partbooks, no. 31
First published: 1589 in Cantiones Sacrae I, no. 9-10

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Vide, Domine, afflictionem nostram, et in tempore maligno ne derelinquas nos.
Plusquam Hierusalem facta est deserta,
Civitas electa, gaudium cordis nostri, conversum est in luctum,
et jocunditas nostra in amaritudinem conversa est.
Sed veni, Domine, et noli tardare, et revoca dispersos in civitatem tuam.
Da nobis, Domine, pacem tuam diu desideratam, Pax sanctissima,
et miserere populi tui gementis et flentis, Domine Deus noster.

English.png English translation

Behold our affliction, O Lord, and do not forsake us in the evil time.
More than when Jerusalem was laid waste, the chosen city, the joy of our heart,
is turned to mourning and our pleasure to bitterness.
But come, O Lord, and tarry not, and recall the scattered ones into thy city.
Grant us, O Lord, thy peace that we desire daily, thy most holy peace,
and have mercy on your sighing, weeping people, O Lord our God.