Memento homo (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2002-08-31)  CPDL #03973:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-08-31).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 97 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Jan 09.

General Information

Title: Memento homo
Composer: William Byrd
Source of text: cf. Ecclesiasticus 17:31, Job 34:15

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: ATTBarBarB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, no. 18
Description: Text for imposition of ashes, Ash Wednesday.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Memento homo, quod cinis es, et in cinerem reverteris.

English.png English translation

Remember, O Man, that thou art dust, and to dust shalt return.