Qui seminant in lachrimis (Heinrich Isaac)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-27)  CPDL #36317:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2015-07-27).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 838 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Isaac's Choralis Constantinus, a monumental three-volume collection of polyphonic settings of propers for the entire year. Our source: Book III, ed. Louise Cuyler, 1950, U. Michigan Press, p. 269. Notation here is a tone lower than original with time values halved. Translation, text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 21 Aug 2014

General Information

Title: Qui seminant in lachrimis
Composer: Heinrich Isaac

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotetTract from Common of Virgins

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Tract I from Commune Virginum: Psalm 125 (Hebrew 126): 5, 6

External websites:

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Qui séminant in láchrimis,
in gáudio métent.

Eúntes íbant, et flébant,
mitténtes sémina súa.

Veniéntes áutem
vénient cum exultatióne,
portántes manípulos súos.

English.png English translation

May those who sow in tears
reap in joy!

Going, they went forth and wept,
casting their own seeds.

But coming,
they will come with shouts of joy,
carrying their own sheaves.