Hi sunt quos retinens (Francisco Guerrero)

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  • CPDL #13221:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2006-12-09).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 34 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Value of notes halved. Slurs in the score represent ligatures in original parts. Punctuation as in original. "Celitus" changed to "caelitus" to correspond with standard Latin orthography. Corrected version uploaded 2010-09-29.
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Title: Hi sunt quos retinens
Composer: Francisco Guerrero

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First

Description: From a printed volume displayed in a glass case at this page at the cathedral in Quito, Ecuador. An official at the cathedral described this as a 16th Century edition of Guerrero's works. The original work is in parts without barring.

It may have been intended that the performance of this work should be preceded by the plainsong of the first verse of the "Sanctorum meritis" hymn (compare Victoria's setting of "Sanctorum meritis") and/or that the 3rd to 6th verses of the hymn should also be sung, either to the plainsong or to Guerrero's setting.

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Original text and translations

Second verse (shown in bold) of the hymn Sanctorum meritis.

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Sanctorum meritis inclyta gaudia.
pangamus socii gestaque fortia
num gliscit animus promere cantibus
victorum genus optimum.

Hi sunt quos retinens mundus inhorruit.
ipsum nam sterili flore per aridum.
sprevere penitus teque secuti sunt.
rex Christe bone caelitus.

Hi pro te furias atque ferocia.
calcarunt hominum saevaque verbera.
cessit his lacerans fortiter ungula
nec carpsit penetralia.

Ceduntur gladiis more bidentium
nec murmur resonat nec querimonia
sed corde tacito mens bene conscia.
conservat patientiam.

Quae vox quae poterit lingua retexere.
quae tu martyribus munera praeparas
rubri nam fluido sanguine laureis
ditantur bene fulgidis.

Te summa deitas unaque poscimus
ut culpas abluas noxia subtrahas.
des pacem famulis nos quoque gloriam
per cuncta tibi saecula.