Pater Abraham (Orlando di Lasso)

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Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2019-09-29).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third for SATTB. Note values halved.
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Editor: Moriwaki Michio (submitted 2000-06-07).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 216 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Pater Abraham
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Source of text: Luke 16:24-25

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1571 in Moduli quinis vocibus nunquam hactenus editi, no. 4

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Pater Abraham, miserere mei et mitte Lazarum,
ut intingat extremum digiti sui in aquam,
ut refrigeret linguam meam,
quia crucior in hac flamma.
Et dixit illi Abraham:
Fili, recordare quia recepisti
bona tua in vita tua,
et Lazarus similiter mala:
nunc autem hic consolatur,
tu vero cruciaris.

English.png English translation

Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus
to dip the tip of his finger in water,
so that it might cool my tongue,
for I am in agony in these flames.
And Abraham said to him:
Child, remember that you received
good things during your life,
and Lazarus in the same way evil things:
now, however, he is consoled here,
and you are truly in agony.