De profundis clamavi (Giovanni Croce)

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  • (Posted 2012-08-31)  CPDL #27062:       
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2012-08-31).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 141 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: No. 6 from "Septem Psalmi poenitentiales sex vocum".

General Information

Title: De profundis clamavi (Psalm 129)
Composer: Giovanni Croce
Lyricist: Francesco Bembo

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1599 in Septem Psalmi poenitentiales sex vocum, no. 6
    Manuscript 1592-1685 (copied 1602-1603) in Löbau partbooks, no. 40
Description: See also From profound centre of my heart

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

De profundis clamavi ad te, Deus,
exaudi vocem meam,
& aures tuae sint meae intentae,
precationi, quae est afflicti,
nam si iniquitates observares Deus,

ad faciem tuam tremendam,
quisnam consisteret?
Sed quis nocebit
si gratia tua dignum putabis?

In te, o Domine, anima mea se sustentavit,
in te semper speravit,
sic Israel in te spem omnem ponat,
misericordiam abs te sic impetrabit,
o Deus Israel.

Qui sperat in te,
hunc liberas ex omnibus adversis.

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 130.

N.B. This setting's text bears only a passing resemblance to that psalm, the source text having been paraphrased and cast in sonnet form by Francesco Bembo (1544-1699): there is also a contemporary translation of that sonnet in English, even more tenuously linked to a verbatim translation of the source text.