Herodes rex iratus (Lambert de Sayve)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-02-08).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 213 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Herodes rex iratus
Composer: Lambert de Sayve
Lyricist: Matthew 2:18create page

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1568 in Novi thesauri musici (Pietro Giovannelli), Liber 3, no. 11
Description: Motet for the feast of Holy Innocents.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Herodes rex iratus pro nato Domino
occidit multos pueros in Bethlehem Juda civitate David.
Vox in Rama audita est, ploratus et ululatus.
Rachel plorans filios suos, et noluit consolari quia non sunt.

English.png English translation

King Herod in his anger at the birth of the Lord
killed many boys of Bethlehem in Judea, the city of David.
In Ramah was a voice heard, mourning, and weeping, and great howling.
Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they were no more.