O quam moesta dies (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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  • (Posted 2020-10-29)  CPDL #61073:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2020-10-29).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 129 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Phalèse, Liber quartus cantionum sacrarum ... 5 et 6 vocum ex optimis quibusque musicis selectarum, 1557.

General Information

Title: O quam moesta dies
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1553 in Cantionum sacrarum liber 4 (Pierre Phalèse), no. 7
    2nd published: 1559 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Berg and Neuber), Volume 2, no. 70
Description: Motet mourning the death of Duke Philip de Croy.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O quam moesta dies, nimium lachrimabile tempus, gaudia laetitiae procul, adsunt tristia quaeque: nunc rubeant oculi fletu. Heus, pectora planctu fracta fluant crebri singultus cordis et oris.
Haec lugenda dies cecidit qua morte Philippus strenuus ille Croy: quem vere nobilitatis acta perornatum consortia sanctum secutum aeterna statuat requiescere pace redemptor.

English.png English translation

Oh day of grief, time of deepest sorrow, unrelieved by any feeling of joy; all is gloom and despondency: now let our eyes be red with weeping. Alas, as we mourn, may we not hold back from sobbing, feeling his loss in our hearts and bewailing it with our voices.
This is a day of great sadness, for he is dead: Philip de Croy, that man of great vigour: he was famed for his noble deeds and was a follower of a holy brotherhood; may the Redeemer grant him eternal rest.