Praevaluerunt in nos (Giacomo Carissimi)

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  • (Posted 2023-01-10)  CPDL #72208:         
Editors: Mick Swithinbank and Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2023-01-10).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 236 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Praevaluerunt in nos
Composer: Giacomo Carissimi
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAT
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published:
Description: A motet with a martial theme. The music was subsequently parodied by Henry Aldrich in his anthem, "I am well pleased".

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Praevaluerunt in nos inimici nostri
et roboraverunt bracchium
firmaverunt manes
et sicut bellantes circumdederunt nos.

Intende Domine in refrigerium nostrum
et conturbentur inimici nostri.
Eure nos de corde bellatorum
apprehende tela et arcum,
Afflige opprimentes nos:
Tibi praeconia
ut tibi laudes,
tibi dicamus gloriam.

English.png English translation

Our enemies have prevailed over us.
They have strengthened their arm;
They have stretched out their hands
And like warriors they have surrounded us.

Strive, O Lord, to give us relief
And let our enemies be confounded.
Pluck us from the heart of the fighting
Find the spears and the bows,
Strike down those who afflict us
In order that Thou mayest
Be praised and celebrated,
That we may glorify Thee.