Levemus corda (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2022-07-08)  CPDL #69895:       
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2022-07-08).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 241 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from the 1591 Cantiones Sacrae and collated with MS sources. Original note values retained. Transposed up a major third for SAATB.
  • (Posted 2003-04-14)  CPDL #04736:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-04-14).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 132 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Dec 08.

General Information

Title: Levemus corda
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1591 in Cantiones Sacrae II, no. 16

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Levemus corda nostra cum manibus ad Dominum in cœlos.
Nos enim inique egimus, et ad iracundiam provocavimus. Sed tu Domine miserere nostri.

English.png English translation

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to our Lord into the heavens.
We have done wickedly, and provoked to wrath: O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Lamentations 3: 41-42 & free text