Saule, Saule, quid me persequeris a 7 (Alvise Balbi)

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  • (Posted 2015-09-29)  CPDL #36966:   
Editor: Lewis Jones (submitted 2015-09-29).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Edited from facsimile of original print Promptuarium musicum, Pars Tertia (Abraham Schadaeus). For other particulars please see the edition.

General Information

Title: Saule, saule, quid me persequeris a 7
Composer: Alvise Balbi
Source of text: Acts 9: 4-5, 26: 14-15.

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: AATTBarBarB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1606 in Ecclesiastici Concentus, no. 65
    2nd published: 1613 in Promptuarium musicum, Pars Tertia, no. 67
Description: Motet for the Conversion of Paul.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Saule, Saule, quid me persequeris?
Quid dixit: Quis es Domine?
Et ille: Ego sum Jesus Nazarenus, quem tu persequeris:
durum est tibi contra stimulum calcitrare.

English.png English translation

"Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute me?"
He said: "Who art thou, Lord?"
The reply came: "I am Jesus of Nazareth whom thou persecutest:
hard it is for thee to kick against the pricks*."

  • Alternatively, "the goad": a sharp stick used to persuade reluctant cattle.