Quare de vulva eduxisti me (1565) (Orlando di Lasso)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2017-11-30).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 107 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1565 print. Original pitch (chiavi naturali) and note-values.

General Information

Title: Quare de vulva eduxisti me
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1565 in Sacrae lectiones novem ex propheta Iob, no. 9

Description: The ninth of the 9 lessons from the book of Job for the Office of the Dead in two parts.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quare de vulva eduxisti me qui utinam consumptus essem, ne oculus me videret?
Fuissem quasi non essem, de utero translatus ad tumulum.
Numquid non paucitas dierum meorum finietur brevi?

Dimitte me ergo, ut plangam paululum dolorem meum,
antequam vadam, et non revertar ad terram tenebrosam et opertam mortis caligine,
terram miseriae et tenebrarum,
ubi umbra mortis et nullus ordo sed sempiternus horror inhabitat.

English.png English translation

Why didst thou bring me forth out of the matrix who, would God, I had been consumed, that eye might not see me?
I had been as if I were not, transported from the womb to the grave.
Shall not the fewness of my days be ended shortly?

Suffer me therefore, that I may a little lament my sorrow,
before I go, and return not unto the dark land, and that is covered with the mist of death,
a land of misery and darkness
where the shadow of death and no order but everlasting horror inhabiteth.