Homo quidam paravit cœnam magnam (Friedrich Weissensee)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2024-03-30).   Score information: A4, 28 pages, 242 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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Title: Homo quidam paravit cœnam magnam
Composer: Friedrich Weissensee
Lyricist: Luke 24: 16-24create page
Number of voices: 12vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1602

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Homo quidam fecit cœnam magnam, et vocavit multos.
Misitque servum suum hora cœnæ ut diceret invitatis:
Venite ad nuptias, quia jam parata sunt omnia.
Et cœperunt omnes simul excusare. Primus dixit: Villam emi, et necesse est mihi exire,
et videre illam: rogo te, habe me excusatum.
Et alter dixit: Juga boum emi quinque, et eo ad probandum illa: rogo te, habe me excusatum.
Et tertius dixit: Uxorem duxi, et ideo non possum venire.
Et reversus servus renuntiavit hæc domino suo.
Tunc iratus dominus dixit servo suo:
Exi cito in plateas et vicos civitatis: et pauperes, et debiles, et claudos, et cæcos introduc huc.
Et ait servus: Domine, factum est ut imperasti, et adhuc locus est.
Et ait dominus servo: Exi in vias, et sæpes:
et compelle intrare, ut impleatur domus mea.
Dico enim vobis quod nemo virorum istorum qui vocati sunt, gustabit cœnam meam.

English.png English translation

A certain man made a great supper, and bade many,
And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden,
Come: for all things are now ready.
But they all with one mind began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a farm,
and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
And a third said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
So that servant returned, and showed his master these things.
Then was the good man of the house angry, and said to his servant,
Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
Then the master said to the servant, Go out into the highways, and hedges,
and compel them to come in, that mine house may be filled.
For I say unto you, that none of those men which were bidden, shall taste of my supper.

(Geneva Bible)