Surge Petre (Nicolas Gombert)

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  • (Posted 2020-10-31)  CPDL #61105:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2020-10-31).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 859 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Liber secundus quatuor vocum, 1541. Our source: Nicolas Gombert: Collected Works, ed. Joseph Schmidt-Görg, CMM VI 6, 1964. Notation here is a minor third higher than the original with time values halved. Translation, text underlay and editorial accidentals by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 28 Oct 2020

General Information

Title: Surge Petre
Composer: Nicolas Gombert

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1541 in Motectorum liber secundus quatuor vocum, no. 14
    2nd published: 1554 in Moduli undecim festorum solennium totius anni (Nicolas Du Chemin, Paris), no. 6
Description: For the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, June 29 (or perhaps St. Peter in Chains, August 1). After Acts 12:7-8, where an angel frees Peter from prison.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Súrge, Pétre, et índue te
vestiméntis túis.
Accipe fortitúdinem
ad salvándas géntes,
quía cecidérunt caténae
de mánibus túis.

Angelus Dómini ástitit,
et lúmen refúlsit
in habitáculo cárceris,
percussóque látere Pétri,
excitávit éum, dícens:
Súrge velóciter,
quía cecidérunt caténae
de mánibus túis.

English.png English translation

Get up, Peter, and put on
your clothes.
Take on the strength
for saving the gentiles,
for the chains have fallen
from your hands.

An angel of the Lord appeared,
and a light shone
in the prison cell,
and he struck Peter on the side
and woke him, saying:
Get up quickly,
for the chains have fallen
from your hands.