Anni nostri sicut aranea (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2013-05-04)  CPDL #29029:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2013-05-04).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Magnum opus musicum, 1604. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note-values.

General Information

Title: Anni nostri sicut aranea
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Text source: Ps. 89:9-10

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1566 in Sacrae cantiones liber quartus, no. 12
    2nd published: 1568 in Selectissimae cantiones, no. 1.19
    3rd published: 1579 in Selectissimae cantiones 1579, no. 22
    4th published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 382

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Anni nostri sicut aranea meditabuntur,
dies annorum nostrorum in ipsis septuaginta anni,
si autem potentatibus, octoginta anni,
et amplius eorum labor et dolor.
(Ps. 89;9b-10)

English.png English translation

Our years shall be considered as a spider,
The days of our years in them are seventy years.
But if in the strong, they be eighty years,
and what is more of them is labour and sorrow.

Hungarian.png Hungarian translation

A mi esztendeink pókhálók gyanánt tekinthetők;
a mi éveink napjai hetven esztendő,
jó erőben, nyolcvan esztendő,
s mi azok fölött van, fáradság és fájdalom.