Libera me, Domine, et pone me (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-04)  CPDL #51698:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-04).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 152 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts are available at
  • (Posted 2002-09-28)  CPDL #03807:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-09-28).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 164 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Oct 2011.

General Information

Title: Libera me, Domine, et pone me
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin

First published: 1575 in Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, no. 5

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Libera me Domine, et pone me iuxta te:
et cuiusvis manus pugnet contra me.
Dies mei transierunt,
cogitationes meae dissipatae sunt,
torquentes cor meum.
Noctem verterunt in diem,
et rursum post tenebras spero lucem.

(Job 17; 3, 11-12)

English.png English translation

Deliver me, O Lord, and place me at thy side,
and let anyone’s hand contend against me.
My days have passed away,
my thoughts are dissipated,
tormenting my heart.
They have turned night into day,
and after darkness I hope again for light.