Sancte Deus (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-02)  CPDL #58378:  Original note values:     
  • (Posted 2014-02-21)  CPDL #31326:  Halved note values:     
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2020-05-02).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 257 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from the Gyffard Partbooks at the source pitch for SSAT.
  • (Posted 2017-12-31)  CPDL #48243:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-12-31).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #3430. with minor corrections to underlay. Musica ficta absorbed into staves. Revised files uploaded 29/07/18.
  • (Posted 2011-12-28)  CPDL #24129:     
Editor: Matthew Collins (submitted 2011-08-09).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key with voicing significantly altered to allow for a lower alto part.
  • (Posted 2002-03-27)  CPDL #03430:      (MuP)
Editor: Vincent Carpentier (submitted 2002-03-27).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 528 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MUP file is zipped. Transposed down a whole step from the original key.
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General Information

Title: Sancte Deus
Composer: Thomas Tallis

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or SSAT
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: ca. 1572-8 in Gyffard Partbooks, no. 82
    2nd published: 1977 in The Chester Book of Motets, Book 2, no. 9

External websites:

  • A performance by 'Gloriana' ensemble [1]

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Sancte Deus, Sancte Fortis, Sancte et Immortalis, miserere nobis.
Nunc, Christe, te petimus, miserere, quaesumus.
Qui venisti redimere perditos, noli damnare redemptos:
Quia per crucem tuam redemisti mundum. Amen.

English.png English translation

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy and Immortal One, have mercy upon us.
Now, O Christ, we ask thee, we beseech thee, have mercy.
Thou who came to redeem the lost, do not condemn the redeemed:
For by thy cross thou hast redeemed the world. Amen.

Translation by St Ann Choir
German.png German translation

Heiliger Gott, heiliger starker Gott, heiliger Unsterblicher, erbarme dich unser.
Christus, wir flehen dich an und bitten dich, erbarme dich unser.
Du bist gekommen, die Verlorenen zu erlösen, verurteile nicht, die du gerettet hast:
denn durch dein Kreuz hast du die Welt erlöst. Amen.