Memento Domine (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2022-11-25)  CPDL #71645:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2022-11-25).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2003-10-14)  CPDL #05688:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-10-14).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 258 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised April 24 (error correction, formatting).

General Information

Title: Memento Domine
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript ca. 1575 in The Baldwin Partbooks, no. 15
First published: 1589 in Cantiones Sacrae I, no. 8

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Memento Domine congregationis tuæ, quam possedisti ab initio.
Libera eos ex omnibus tribulationibus, et mitte eis auxilium.

English.png English translation

Be mindful of thy congregation, O Lord, which thou hast possessed from the beginning.
Deliver them out of all their tribulations, and send them help.