Laus Matrimonii ex Horatio (Felices ter) (Johann Walter)
- Editor: Stuart McIntosh (submitted 2000-11-28). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 100 kB Copyright: CPDL
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Original text and translations
Felices ter et amplius,
Thrice happy, and more, are those
Johann Walter chose for musical setting the four final lines of one of the less familiar Odes (I.13) of the Roman lyric poet Horace. The subject of the preceding sixteen lines of the poem is a detailed description of the turbulent love affair of Lydia, who is infatuated with an abusive and brutal lover named Telephus. This infuriates the jealous poet, who concludes that those lovers are much happier who stay together permanently. Marriage is not explicitly mentioned in this conclusion of the poem, and naming the excerpt "In Praise of Matrimony" may well be regarded as something of a distortion.