Ego sum tui plaga doloris, SWV 57 (Heinrich Schütz)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2015-04-19).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Clefs modernised. Barring altered. Source may be found at IMSLP. There are some strange discords around cruciatus but they are in the source.

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Title: Ego sum tui plaga doloris, SWV 57
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Lyricist: Augustine of Hippo

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1625 in Cantiones sacrae, Op. 4, no. 5
  2nd published: 1887 in Heinrich Schütz: Sämtliche Werke, Volume 4, no. 5
  3rd published: 2004 in Neue Schütz-Ausgabe, Volume 8, no. 5
Description: This is the second part of Schütz's 5-part set of Passion motets (SWV 56-60). First part is Quid commisisti, O dulcissime puer; third part is Ego enim inique egi; fourth part is Quo, nate Dei; fifth part is Calicem salutaris accipiam.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ego sum tui plaga doloris,
tuae culpa occisionis,
ego tuae mortis meritum,
tuae vindictae flagitium,
ego, ego tuae passionis livor,
cruciatus tui labor.

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Ik ben de slag van jouw pijn

de schuld van de moord op jou,

aan mij heb je jouw dood te danken,

mij is de schanddaad wijten van jouw bestraffing

ik, ik ben de blauwe plek van jouw lijden

ik ben de ellende van jouw terechtstelling.

Translation by Anton Hendriks, Ben Terstegge, Hanneke Pot

English.png English translation

I am the blow that brings You pain,
I am at fault for Your murder,
I am to blame for Your death,
And for the shame of Your punishment.
I, I am the bruise of Your agony,
The hardship of Your torment.

Translation by Pamela Dellal © courtesy Emmanuel Music, Boston, MA USA