Visita quaesumus (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2017-12-03)  CPDL #47864:         
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General Information

Title: Visita Quaesumus
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SSAT or AATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1605 in Gradualia I, no. 43

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Visita quæsumus Domine, habitationem istam,
et omnes insidias inimici ab ea longe repelle:
angeli tui sancti habitent in ea, qui nos in pace custodiant:
et benedictio tua sit super nos semper.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

English.png English translation

Visit, we beseech Thee, O Lord, this dwelling,
and drive from it all snares of the enemy:
let Thy holy Angels dwell herein, to keep us in peace:
and let Thy blessing be always upon us.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.