Fac cum servo tuo (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2003-11-24)  CPDL #06131:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-11-24).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 172 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a fourth from published pitch.
  • (Posted 2003-11-24)  CPDL #06130:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-11-24).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 126 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised March 2008. At published pitch.

General Information

Title: Fac cum servo tuo
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 36
First published: 1591 in Cantiones Sacrae II, no. 5
    Manuscript c. 1625-1640 in the Peterhouse Partbooks: Latter Caroline Set (John Cosin)

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 119. (v. 124-125)

Latin.png Latin text

Fac cum servo tuo secundum misericordiam tuam
et justificationes tuas doce me.
Servus tuus sum ego: da mihi intellectum,
ut sciam testimonia tua.

English.png English translation

Do with thy servant according to thy mercy:
and teach me thy justifications.
I am thy servant: give me understanding,
that I may know thy testimonies.