Venit vox de caelo (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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Editor: David Cheong (submitted 2024-07-09).   Score information: A4, 19 pages, 199 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key. Text underlay is editorial. Transcribed from two sources:1) Motetti del Laberinto (1554). See [1], and 2) Cantionum Sacrarum (1554). See [2].

General Information

Title: Venit Vox de Caelo
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1554 in Cantionum sacrarum liber 1 (Phalèse), no. 9
    2nd published: 1554 in Secundus liber modulorum, quatuor, quinque et sex vocum (Du Bosc & Guéroult, Geneva), no. 15
    3rd published: 1554 in Motetti del laberinto libro quarto (Scotto, Venice), no. 6
    4th published: 1559 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Berg and Neuber), Volume 2, no. 49
    5th published: c. 1559 in Quartus liber modulorum quatuor et quinque vocum (Michael Sylvius, Geneva), no. 2

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Venit vox de caelo
cum luce superna
dicens: Saule, Saule
Quid me persequeris?
Durum est tibi
contra stimulum calcitrare
Respondit miles
Quis es tu, Domine?
Et vox desuper ait
Ego sum Jesus
quem tu persequeris

English.png English translation

A voice came from heaven
with a divine light
saying "Saul, Saul"
Why do you persecute me?
It is hard for you
to kick against the goad.
The soldier responded
"Who are you, Lord?"
And a voice from above said
"I am Jesus,
whom you are persecuting"