Ubi est Abel (Friedrich Weissensee)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2024-03-30).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 141 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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Title: Ubi est Abel
Composer: Friedrich Weissensee
Lyricist: Genesis 4: 9-11create page
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1602
Description: Setting of the story of Cain and Abel, variously accorded to Sexagesima or Septuagesima.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ubi est Abel frater tuus? Dixit Dominus ad Cain.
Nescio Domine: nunquid, custos fratris mei sum ego?
Et dixit Dominus ad eum: quid fecisti?
Ecce vox sanguinis fratris tui Abel clamat ad me de terra:
Maledicta terra in opere tuo quae aperuit os suum et suscepit sanguinem fratris tui de manu tua.

English.png English translation

Then the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?
Who answered, I cannot tell. Am I my brother's keeper?
Again he said, What hast thou done?
The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me, from the earth:
Now therefore thou art cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thine hand.

(Geneva Bible)