Siderum rector (William Byrd)

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General Information

Title: Siderum rector
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SAATB or SATTB, or AATBarB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, no. 19

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Siderum rector, Deus alme, nostris,
parce iam culpis, vitia remittens:
Quo tibi puri resonemus almum
pectoris hymnum.

Gloria Patri genitaeque proli,
et tibi, compar utriusque semper,
Spiritus alme.
Deus unus omni tempore. Amen.

English.png English translation

Ruler of the stars, our kindly God,
Spare now our wrongs, forgive our faults,
So that we may make resound to you
From pure hearts a gracious hymn.

Glory be to the Father and to his begotten Son,
And to thee, forever equal to both,
Gracious Spirit.
One God of all, for evermore, Amen.