Memento Domine David (Andreas Hakenberger)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-11-08).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 275 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. The basso continuo, an unfigured basso seguente, has not been included in this edition.

General Information

Title: Memento Domine David
Composer: Andreas Hakenberger
Source of text: Psalm 132:1:5 etc.
Number of voices: 9vv   Voicing: SATB.SSATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1617 in Harmonia Sacra, no. 18
Description: The precise liturgical use of this motet is diffuse; Hakenberger combines two texts: a passage from Psalm 131 (Vulgate), perhaps intended for use at the dedication of a church, set for double choir, together with an antiphon, as a cantus firmus in the treble, appropriate for the installation/commemoration of a bishop, binding the choirs together.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Memento Domine David, et omnis mansuetudinis eius;
sicut juravit Domino: votum vovit Deo Jacob;
si introiero in tabernaculum domus meæ: si ascendero in lectum strati mei;
si dedero somnum oculis meis, et palpebris meis dormitationem:
et requiem temporibus meis,
donec inveniam locum Domino:
tabernaculum Deo Jacob.

Ecce sacerdos magnus, qui in diebus suis placuit Deo et inventus est justus.

English.png English translation

Lord, remember David: and all his trouble;
how he sware unto the Lord: and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob;
I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house: nor climb up into my bed;
I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eyelids to slumber:
neither the temples of my head to take any rest;
until I find out a place for the temple of the Lord:
an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

Consider a high priest, who was pleasing to God in his lifetime and was found to be righteous.