In Rama sonat gemitus (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2002-11-13)  CPDL #04187:      (Finale 2008)
Editor: Thomas R. Vozzella (submitted 2002-11-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 26 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Revised 2009-11-16.

General Information

Title: In Rama sonat gemitus
Composer: Anonymous

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Unison
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: from the Wolfenbüttel 677 collection.

External websites:

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

In Rama sonat gemitus
plorante Rachel Anglie:
Herodis namque genitus
dat ipsam ignominie.
En eius primogenitus
et Joseph Cantuarie
Exulat (? - or 'si sit') fisto venditus
Egiptum colit Gallie.

Portuguese.png Portuguese translation

Em Ramá soa o lamento
Da Raquel inglesa
Pois o filho de Herodes
É causa de sua ignomínia
Eis seu filho primogênito
E José de Cantuária
Exilado ah! Vendido cruelmente

English.png English translation

A lamentation is heard in Rama:
England's Rachel weeps.
For one begotten by Herod
treats her with ignominy.
Her firstborn -
Joseph of Canterbury -
is exiled as if sold,
and lives in the Egypt of France.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank

Note: the translation given at the foot of the score is not very accurate. According to the All Music Guide, this text comments on the exile of Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, from England to France in 1164.