O dive custos (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2018-03-29)   CPDL #49224:         
Editor: Ben Newton (submitted 2018-03-29).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Score created from the original published edition available here. Transposed down m3 (from Cm to Am) to make it more comfortable for counter-tenors. No care has been taken to adjust the figures to the new key!
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General Information

Title: O Dive Custos
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: Henry Parkercreate page

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SS
Genre: SecularBurial service

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1695


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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O dive custos auriacae domus
et spes labantis certior imperi;
o rebus adversis vocande,
o superum decus in secundis!
seu te fluentem pronus ad Isida
in vota fervens Oxonidum,
seu te precantur, quos remoti
unda lavat properata Cami,
descende caelo non ita creditas
visurus aedes praesidiis tuis,
descende visurus penates
caesaris, et penetrale sacrum.
Maria musis flebilis occidit,
Maria, gentis deliciae brevis;
o flete Mariam! flete, Camoenae!
o flete, Divae, dea moriente.