O quam metuendus (Jacob Handl)

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  • (Posted 2013-05-11)  CPDL #29096:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2013-05-11).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 183 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key; note values halved (quartered in proportio tripla section). Editorial accidentals added.

General Information

Title: O quam metuendus
Composer: Jacob Handl

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAT.ATBB
Genre: SacredMotetMagnificat antiphon at Vespers for the Dedication of a Church.

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Opus musicum, Volume 3, no. 27
    2nd published: 1603 in Florilegium selectissimarum cantionum, no. 29
    3rd published: 1607 in Musarum Sioniarum, no. 36-37
    4th published: 1618 in Florilegium Portense, Volume 1, no. 29
Description: Handl's polychoral motet for the dedication of a church.

Original text and translations

Other settings of the opening part may be found at O quam metuendus.
Latin.png Latin text

O quam metuendus est locus iste!
Vere non est hic aliud
nisi domus Dei et porta coeli.

In ea, qui petit, accipit,
qui quaerit, invenit,
et pulsanti aperietur. Alleluia.

Orantibus in loco isto,
Dimitte peccata, Domine,
et ostende eis viam bonam,
per quam ambulent,
et da gloriam in loco isto. Alleluia.

English.png English translation

Oh, how awe-inspiring is this place!
Surely this can be nothing else
but the house of God and the gate of heaven.

In it, he that asks, receives,
he that seeks, finds,
and to him that knocks it shall be opened. Alleluia.

Forgive the sins of those
praying in this place, O Lord,
and teach them the right way
by which they should walk,
and give glory in this place. Alleluia.