Plorans plorabit (William Byrd)
- Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-02-08). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 142 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Revised June 2020 (minor formatting).
Title: Plorans plorabit
Composer: William Byrd
Source of lyrics: Jeremiah 13:17-18
Description: If the "king and queen" of the text are intended as a contemporary reference (which would accord completely with Byrd's genius for scoring political points through the careful selection of unimpeachable Biblical texts), this piece must have been composed in 1603-5, making it one of the very last of his Latin settings.
Original text and translations
Plorans plorabit, et deducet oculus meus lachrimas meas, quia captus est grex Domini.
Weeping [my soul] shall weep, and mine eye shall drop tears, because the flock of our Lord is taken.