Quo, nate Dei, quo tua descendit humilitas, SWV 59 (Heinrich Schütz)

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  • (Posted 2015-04-21)   CPDL #35161:       
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2015-04-21).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Clefs modernised. Source may be found at IMSLP.

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Title: Quo, nate Dei, quo tua descendit humilitas, SWV 59
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Lyricist: Augustine of Hippo

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

Published: Cantiones Sacrae Freiburg, 1625, no. 7

Description: This is the fourth part of Schütz's 5-part set of Passion motets (SWV 56-60). First part is Quid commisisti, O dulcissime puer; second part is Ego sum tui plaga doloris; third part is Ego enim inique egi; fifth part is Calicem salutaris accipiam.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quo, nate Dei, quo tua descendit humilitas,
Quo tua flagravit caritas,
Quo tuus attigit amor,
Quo pervenit compassio?
Quid tibi retribuam pro omnibus
Quae retribuisti mihi?
Rex meus et Deus meus.

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Tot hoe diep, Kind van God, reikt jouw nederigheid

Hoe vurig was jouw genegenheid?

Tot hoever heeft jouw liefde zich uitgestrekt?

Tot waar is jouw medelijden doorgedrongen?

Wat zal ik jou teruggeven voor alles

wat jij mij hebt toebedeeld?

Mijn Koning en mijn God.

Translation by Anton Hendriks, Ben Terstegge, Hanneke Pot

English.png English translation

To what, Son of God, has your humility brought you,
Where has your charity led you,
Where has your love directed you,
Where has your compassion taken you?
How can I repay you for everything
That you have done for me?
My King and my God.

Translation by Pamela Dellal © courtesy Emmanuel Music, Boston, MA USA www.emmanuelmusic.org