Tristitia et anxietas - Sed tu Domine (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-10)  CPDL #59168:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-06-10).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 162 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2002-11-04)  CPDL #04148:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-11-04).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 174 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Dec 08.

General Information

Title: Tristitia et anxietas
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 31
First published: 1589 in Cantiones Sacrae I, no. 6-7

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Tristitia et anxietas occupaverunt interiora mea.
Mœstum factum est cor meum in dolore, et contenebrati sunt oculi mei.
Væ mihi, quia peccavi.
Sed tu, Domine, qui non derelinquis sperantes in te,
consolare et adjuva me propter nomen sanctum tuum, et miserere mei.

English.png English translation

Sadness and anxiety have overtaken my inmost being.
My heart is made sorrowful in mourning, my eyes are become dim.
Woe is me, for I have sinned.
But thou, O Lord, who dost not forsake those whose hope is in thee,
comfort and help me for thy holy name’s sake, and have mercy on me.