Ingemuit Susanna (Jacob Handl)

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  • (Posted 2020-03-01)  CPDL #57337:      (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-03-01).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Ingemuit Susanna
Composer: Jacob Handl
Lyricist: Daniel 13:22-23create page

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Opus musicum, Volume 3, no. 54

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ingemuit Susanna, et ait:
Angustiæ sunt mihi undique:
Si enim hoc egero, mors mihi est,
Si enim non egero, non effugiam manus vestras.

Sed melius est mihi absque opere incidere in manus hominum,
quam peccare in conspectu Dei mei.

English.png English translation

Susanna sighed, and said:
I am straitened on every side:
for if I do this thing, it is death to me:
and if I do it not, I shall not escape your hands.

But it is better for me to fall into your hands without doing it,
than to sin in the sight of my Lord.

Translation by Douay-Rheims edition.