Ad Martinum Lutherum captivum lamentatio (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2023-03-05)  CPDL #72923:     
Editor: Klaas Spijker (submitted 2023-03-05).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 141 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
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General Information

Title: Ad Martinum Lutherum captivum lamentatio
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Unknown
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1521
Description: a fourpart song composed and printed on a broadsheet in 1521 to express the despair felt at the secret abduction of Luther following the Diet of Worms.

External websites:

  • The work is described in 'The cult of Luther in music', Grantley McDonald [1]

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Heu heu quae nobis te sors doctissime ademit?
Quae te praehendit invida?
Quis te livor edax rapuit dulcissime? Quid sic
Martine anhelos deseris?
Sicne tibi servata fides, servataque iura?
Hei veritas quid sustines?
Parce precor praedae raptor, satis est rapuisse.
Heus parce, parce occidere.

English.png English translation

Alas, what fate has taken you, o learned man, from us?
What envious fate has grasped you away?
What destructive spite has taken you, o sweetest man?
Why do you thus desert your fervent followers?
Is this how you preserve your faithfulness, and observe your vows?
Alas o truth, what a blow have you taken!
O captor, show mercy to your prey, I pray; it is enough to have taken him;
Spare, o spare from taking his life.