Ecce nunc tempus acceptabile (Nicolas Gombert)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-12)  CPDL #58532:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2020-05-12).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 203 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a fourth - alla quarta bassa (ATTB).
  • (Posted 2020-05-11)  CPDL #58529:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2020-05-11).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 203 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch (SATB mixed voices).

General Information

Title: Ecce nunc tempus acceptabile
Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Lyricist: St. Paul the Apostlecreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotetMagnificat antiphon for the 1st Sunday of Lent.

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Motetti del Fiore, liber tertius (Lyon: Jacques Moderne), no. 34, p. 50
  2nd published: 1539 in Musica quatuor vocum liber primus (Venice: Girolamo Scotto), Edition 1, no. 5

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ecce nunc tempus acceptabile,
ecce nunc dies salutis.
In his ergo diebus exhibeamus nosmetipsos sicut Dei ministros,
in multa patientia,
in vigiliis multis,
in orationibus frequenter,
in ieiuniis, et caritate non ficta.

English.png English translation

Behold, now is the acceptable time.
Behold, now is the day of salvation.
Therefore in these days, let us show ourselves as ministers of the Lord
through great patience,
in great watchfulness,
with frequent prayer,
in great fasting and unfeigned love.