Defecit in dolore - Sed tu Domine (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2022-09-19)  CPDL #70867:        (LilyPond)
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General Information

Title: Defecit in dolore
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: AATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Cantiones Sacrae I, no. 1-2

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Defecit in dolore vita mea, et anni mei in gemitibus. Infirmata in paupertate virtus mea, et dolor meus renovatus est.
(from Psalms 30:11 & 38:3)

Sed tu Domine refugium factus es mihi, et in misericordia tua consolatus sum.
(free text)

English.png English translation

My life is wasted with grief: and my years in sighs. My strength is weakened through poverty, and my sorrow is renewed.
But thou, Lord, art become a refuge unto me, and in thy mercy am I comforted.

German.png German translation

Mein Leben ist in Schmerz dahingeschwunden und meine Jahre in Seufzern. Meine Tugend ist in Armut geschwächt, und mein Schmerz ist erneuert.
Aber du, Herr, bist mir zur Zuflucht geworden, und in deiner Barmherzigkeit bin ich getröstet worden.