Rorate coeli (Philip Le Bas)

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  • (Posted 2017-10-29)  CPDL #47108:            Network.png PDF, MP3, MXL, SIB and MIDI files available.
Editor: Philip Le Bas (submitted 2017-10-29).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Rorate Coeli
Composer: Philip Le Bas

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredLiturgical music

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2017
(updated 2018) Description: A setting for unaccompanied SATB choir of the plainchant Rorate Coeli, using the original Latin for the Antiphon and an English translation of the Advent Prose for the four verses

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Rorate coeli de super et nubes pluant justum

English.png English text

Turn your fierce anger from us, O Lord,
and remember not our sins for ever.
Your holy cities have become a desert,
Zion a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation;
our holy and beautiful house,
where our ancestors praised you.

We have sinned and become like one who is unclean;
we have all withered like a leaf,
and our iniquities like the wind have swept us away.
You have hidden your face from us,
and abandoned us to our iniquities.

You are my witnesses, says the Lord,
and my servant whom I have chosen,
that you may know me and believe me.
I myself am the Lord,
and none but I can deliver;
what my hand holds, none can snatch away.

Comfort, O comfort my people,
my salvation shall not be delayed.
I have swept your offences away like a cloud;
fear not for I will save you.
I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,your redeemer.