Heu, quantus dolor (Severin Cornet)

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  • (Posted 2022-07-09)  CPDL #69929:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2022-07-09).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 66 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Heu, quantus dolor
Composer: Severin Cornet
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1581 in Cantiones musicae, no. 2
Description: Source: Cantiones Sacrae of Cornet a5, 6, 7 & 8, Plantin, Antwerp, 1581.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Heu quantus dolor et turbatis anxia cura
 mentibus est tacitas, occuluisse faces!
Mors optanda magis quod si sua funera passis,
 nullus ab occulto restat amore dolor.

English.png English translation

Alas, how great the anguish and how many the distressing hardships
suffered by troubled minds when love, afflicting them, remains concealed, unspoken!
Death is all the more ardently to be desired since, for those whose mortal life is done,
no pain from secret love remains.