Vestigia mea dirige (Nathaniel Giles)

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  • (Posted 2014-03-25)  CPDL #31562:     
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2014-03-25).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 221 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from the Dow Partbooks (via the online images on and John Baldwin's Commonplace Book. Transposed up a major third for SAATB. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Vestigia mea dirige
Composer: Nathaniel Giles

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 54

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Vestigia mea dirige in verbo tuo, et non dominabitur mei ulla iniquitas:
respice me et miserere mei Deus; faciem tuam illumina super me et doce me statute tua.

English.png English translation

Translation by Edward Tambling
Direct my footsteps in your word[, O Lord], and let not any iniquity have any dominion over me:
look upon me and have mercy upon me, O God; show the light of your face upon me and teach me your statutes.

(a paraphrase of Psalm 119:133, 135)