Blessed are they whose faults (Giovanni Croce)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2020-10-03).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 410 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: Blessed are they whose faults
Composer: Giovanni Croce
Lyricist: Psalm 32

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1608 in Musica Sacra to Six Voices, no. 2
Description: A contrafact of Croce's Beati qui iniquitatis. Croce's Sette sonetti penitentiali were first published in 1597. They arrived in England a decade later as "Musica Sacra: to Six Voyces. Composed in the Italian tongue by GIOVANNI CROCE. Newly Englished. In London Printed by Thomas Este, the assigne of William Barley. 1608."

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Original text and translations

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Blessed are they whose faults (so oft forbidden)
Have free forgiveness, and a full remission:
And they whose sins (of act and of omission)
Are not imputed, but in mercy hidden.
Therefore my crime I have confessed before thee;
Which graciously (my God) thou hast forgiven:
The more therefore I laud thee (King of heaven
And all thy saints shall in due time adore thee,
O thou my refuge and my consolation,
Deliver me my God which art almighty:
From enemies that envy my salvation.
A many rods pursue the sinner (rightly)
But those that place in thee their expectation,
Grace shall embrace. Joy ye that walk uprightly.

Psalm 32, paraphrased in sonnet by Francesco Bembo, english'd by R.H.