Iuxta est dies domini (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2016-09-23)   CPDL #41200:   
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2016-09-23).   Score information: Unknown, 11 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch and notes values. The original clefs were C1, C3, C4, F3: transposition does not seem to be particularly called for.

General Information

Title: Iuxta est dies domini
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1547 in Sacrarum cantionum, liber 4, no. 1

Description: A work attacking schism in the church, published by Susato in 1547. This is likely to have been the source of most of the text of De Lamentatione a 5, attributed to John Mundy but possibly by William Mundy, which is not a Lamentation setting.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Iuxta est dies Domini magnus et velox nimis.
Rogate que ad pacem sunt Ierusalem
et ecclesiam iam dolentem confortate, iam errantem informate,
iam divisam integrate, naufragantem ad portem reducite,
ne fiat illud schisma magnum
quod preambulum erit antechristi.
In cujus adventum de ecclesia verificabitur illud Jeremiae prophetae.
Omnes porte eius destructae,
sacerdotes eius gementes, virgines eius squalidae
et ipsa oppressa amaritudine.
Tunc petri navicula,
scismatico turbine divitius agitata,
dissipatur in proximo submergenda.

English.png English translation

The day of the Lord is at hand
and is coming very swiftly.
Pray for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem
and comfort the church, now sorrowing,
instruct it [as it is] now erring,
unite it [as it is] now divided,
bring the foundering ship back to port,
lest that great schism occur
which will prefigure the Antichrist:

at whose coming that will befall the church
which was described by Jeremiah:
‘All her gates are broken down,
her priests lament,
her virgins are distressed,
and she herself is bitterly oppressed.’
Then Peter’s little bark,
buffeted for too long by the tempest of schism,
will break up and finally sink.