Vae tibi Babylon et Syria (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2023-03-12).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 227 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Vae tibi Babylon et Syria
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa
Lyricist: 2 Esdras 16: 1,2 (adapted)create page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1553 in Ecclesiasticarum cantionum quatuor vocum, liber 2 (Tielman Susato), no. 17
    2nd published: 1559 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Berg and Neuber), Volume 3, no. 45

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Vae tibi Babylon et Syria.
Præcingite vos saccis et cilicio
et plangite filios vestros et dolete,
quoniam appropinquavit perditio vestra.

English.png English translation

Woe unto you, Babylon and Syria.
Dress yourselves in sackcloth and hair shirts,
and lament for your sons and grieve,
For your destruction cometh nigh.

(trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)}}