Continuo lacrimas (In mortem Clementis non Papa) (Jacobus Vaet)

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  • (Posted 2008-02-19)  CPDL #16163:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-19).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2004-03-30)  CPDL #06876:        (Finale 2000)
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General Information

Title: Continuo lacrimas (In mortem Clementis non Papa)
Composer: Jacobus Vaet

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: STTTTB
Genre: SacredMotetLament

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1558 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Berg and Neuber), Volume 1, no. 50
Description: On the death of Clemens non Papa

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Continuo lacrimas cantores fundite fluxu,
 nam periit vestri lausque decusque chori.
Est nimis inclemens vis ac violentia fati,
 Quae tam clementi parcere dura negat.
Clementem tamen omnipotens Deus ipse juvabit
 Ut mortem vincat, qui nece victus erat.

Cantus firmus: Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine
et lux perpetua luceat ei.

English.png English translation

Pour out in a constant flow your tears, ye singers
for the praise and glory of your choir has departed.
All too inclement is the violence of Fate
which refuses to spare so clement a one harsh blows.
But all-powerful God Himself will help Clement
to conquer death, whom death has laid low.

Cantus firmus: Grant him eternal rest, Lord,
and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank with thanks to Jamie Reid Baxter for his help