O dive custos (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2018-03-29)  CPDL #49224:         
Editor: Ben Newton (submitted 2018-03-29).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Score created from the original published edition available here. Transposed down m3 (from Cm to Am) to make it more comfortable for counter-tenors. No care has been taken to adjust the figures to the new key!

General Information

Title: O Dive Custos
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: Henry Parkercreate page

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SS
Genre: SecularBurial service

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1695


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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O dive custos auriacae domus
et spes labantis certior imperi;
o rebus adversis vocande,
o superum decus in secundis!

Seu te fluentem pronus ad Isida
in vota fervens Oxonidum,
seu te precantur, quos remoti
unda lavat properata Cami;

Descende caelo non ita creditas
visurus aedes praesidiis tuis,
descende visurus penates
caesaris, et penetrale sacrum.

Maria musis flebilis occidit,
Maria, gentis deliciae brevis;
o flete Mariam! flete, Camoenae!
o flete, Divae, dea moriente.