Miserere mei, o Deus (Giovanni Croce)

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  • (Posted 2012-08-31)  CPDL #27060:       
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2012-08-31).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 152 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: No. 4 from "Septem Psalmi poenitentiales sex vocum".
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Last page, m84, Quinta Vox's first note A should be B natural, confirmed by editor. Vaarky (talk) 19:33, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: m9, voice 2 is missing one beat. Vaarky (talk) 17:22, 26 September 2019 (UTC)

General Information

Title: Miserere mei, o Deus (Psalm 50)
Composer: Giovanni Croce
Lyricist: Francesco Bembo

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1599 in Septem Psalmi poenitentialis, no. 4

Description: See also Shew mercy, Lord, on me

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Miserere mei, o Deus meus,
& dele grave miseriae delictum,
& aufer a me poenam.

Nam contra te solum DEUS peccavi,
qui sum peccator & in peccatis natus,
qui arctam coeli viam recludis,
animam lava meam labe plenam,
candidior ut sit vel ipsa nive.

Cor in me mundum, & mentem crea novam,
nec aufer spiritum tuum quem dedisti ut te adorem,
vera pietate ita me tibi semper supplex dicabo,
et enim holocaustum tibi gratum,
est cor contritum, humiliter oblatum.

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 51.

N.B. This setting's text bears only a passing resemblance to that psalm, the source text having been paraphrased and cast in sonnet form by Francesco Bembo (1544-1699): there is also a contemporary translation of that sonnet in English, even more tenuously linked to a verbatim translation of the source text.