Attendite a falsis prophetis (Philipp Dulichius)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-11-21).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 207 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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Title: Attendite a falsis prophetis
Composer: Philipp Dulichius
Lyricist: Matthew 7: 15,16,18create page
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 Fasciculus novus
Description: A rare example of humour displayed in German sacred music of the rinascimento (or indeed of any period); an example of what J.B.Priestley would have classified as "sandbag badinage". How the congregation tittered when Dulichius shewed his "falsis".

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Attendite a falsis prophetis,
qui veniunt ad vos in vestimentis ovium,
intrinsecus autem sunt lupi rapaces:
a fructibus eorum cognoscetis eos.
Quia non potest arbor bona fructus malos facere:
neque arbor mala fructus bonos facere.

English.png English translation

Beware of false prophets,
which come to you, in sheeps' clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves:
ye shall know them by their fruits.
For a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit:
neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

(Geneva Bible)