Emendemus in melius (Jean Richafort)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-24)  CPDL #35884:    (MIDI)  
Editor: Charles Young (submitted 2015-06-24).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 133 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Original key. Note values have been reduced by half. Mensurstrich layout.

General Information

Title: Emendemus in Melius
Composer: Jean Richafort

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1521 in Motetti libro primo (Antico), no. 9
    2nd published: c.1521 in Motetti et carmina gallica (Antico?), no. 16
    Manuscript c.1527 in Cappella Sistina MS 46, no. 21
    3rd published: 1529 in Motetz nouvellement composez (Attaingnant), no. 9
    4th published: 1553 in Liber primus collectorum modulorum (Du Chemin & Goudimel), no. 10
Description: Two part motet based on Matins Responsory for Lent I & Distribution of Ashes on Ash Wednesday.

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Original text and translations

Not quite the version at Emendemus in melius.

Latin.png Latin text

Emendemus in melius
quae ignoranter peccavimus;
ne subito praeoccupati die mortis,
quaeramus spatium poenitentiae, et invenire non possimus.
Attende, Domine, et miserere; quia peccavimus tibi.
Adjuva nos, Deus salutaris noster,
et propter honorem nominis tui libera nos.
Peccavimus cum patribus nostris;
injuste egimus, iniquitatem fecimus.
Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.
(Ps. 78:9; 105:6; Matins Responsory, First Sunday of Lent; cf. Esther 13, Joel 2)

English.png English translation

Let us amend for the better in those things
in which we have sinned through ignorance;
lest suddenly overtaken by the day of death,
we seek space for repentance, and be not able to find it.
Hearken, O Lord, and have mercy: for we have sinned against thee.
Help us, O God of our salvation,
and for the honor of thy name deliver us.
We have sinned with our fathers;
we have acted unjustly, we have wrought iniquity.
Hearken, O Lord, and have mercy: for we have sinned against thee.
Translation by St Ann choir