Quid prodest stulto (Giovanni Croce)

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General Information

Title: Quid prodest stulto
Composer: Giovanni Croce
Lyricist:Proverbs 17: 16,20

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1605 in Motetti a otto voci, libro secondo, no. 4

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quid prodest stulto divitias habere
cum sapientiam emere non possit?
Qui altum facit domum suam quaerit ruinam.
Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas.
Et qui evitat discere incidit in malum
Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas.
Qui perversi cordis est non invenit bonum.
Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas.

English.png English translation

Little the fool's wealth avails;
he may not buy wisdom if he would.
Build high, and court thy ruin.
Vanity of vanities: and all is vanity.
Despise learning, and thou shalt come to mischief.
Vanity of vanities: and all is vanity.
False heart never found happiness.
Vanity of vanities: and all is vanity.