Magnus es tu Domine - Tu pauperum refugium (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2013-03-12)  CPDL #28499:  File details.gif  File details.gif  File details.gif  File details.gif 
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2013-03-12).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Mensural notation, original key and note values. Musica ficta clearly marked.
Last Revised: 2016-05-22
  • (Posted 2012-09-14)  CPDL #12502:  File details.gif  File details.gif  File details.gif 
Editor: Felipe Gasper (submitted 2006-09-05).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 129 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Barred by semibreves.

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Tu pauperum refugium

  • (Posted 2015-04-24)  CPDL #35190:  File details.gif  File details.gif  File details.gif  File details.gif(Sibelius 4)
Editor: Brian Marble (submitted 2015-04-24).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 65 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Tu Pauperum only; a major second higher.
  • (Posted 2001-03-21)  CPDL #02279:  Network.png
Editor: Abel Di Marco (submitted 2001-03-21).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 19.37 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Second part only of "Magnus es tu Domine - Tu pauperum refugium". Same as in 28499 and 12502, but transposed up one fourth and with modern layout.

General Information

Title: Magnus es tu Domine - Tu pauperum refugium
Composer: Josquin des Prez
, also variously attributed to Finck, Hellinck

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB, SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1504 in Motetti C, no. 32
    2nd published: 1538 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Ott and Formschneider), Volume 2, no. 40
    3rd published: 1547 in Dodecachordon (Henricus Glareanus), p. 272
Description: Motet in two parts

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Magnus es tu Domine,
et magnus nomen tuum
uberrime fons omnium gratiarum
inclyta proles summi Dei
et Deus summe bonus
languentis animae suave refrigerium
lacrymantis dulce solatium
unica merces supernorum civium.

English.png English translation


Tu pauperum refugium, tu languorum remedium,
spes exsulum, fortitudo laborantium,
via errantium, veritas et vita.
Et nunc Redemptor, Domine, ad te solum confugio;
te verum Deum adoro, in te spero,
in te confido, salus mea, Jesu Christe.
Adjuva me, ne unquam obdormiat in morte anima mea.


Thou art the refuge of the poor, remedy for afflictions,
hope of exiles, strength of those who labor,
way for the wandering, truth and life.
And now, Redeemer, Lord, in thee alone I take refuge;
thee, true God, I adore, in thee I hope,
in thee I confide, my salvation, O Jesus Christ.
Help me, lest my soul ever sleep in death.

Translation by St Ann choir (2nd part only)