- CPDL #06546: (Sibelius 4)
- Version transposed up a major 2nd:
- Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-01-21). Score information: A4, 12 pages, 170 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Revised Dec 08. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Title: Tribulationes civitatum
Composer: William Byrd
Number of voices: 5vv Voicings: ATTBB or SATTB
Genre: Sacred, Motet
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 11
2nd published: 1589 in Cantiones Sacrae I, no. 24-26
Original text and translations
The text of this reponsory is based on the book of Judith, in its Vetus Latina or 'old Latin' translation, ie preceding St. Jerome's Vulgate.
source: Steiner, R., Gregorian responsories based on texts from the Book of Judith, in 'Music in Medieval Europe', Bailey, T. & Santosuosso A., eds.
Tribulationes civitatum audivimus quas passae sunt, et deficimus.
Domine, ad te sunt oculi nostri, ne pereamus.
Timor et (h)ebetudo mentis cecidit super nos et super liberos nostros.
Ipsi montes nolunt recipere fugam nostram. Domine, miserere.
Nos enim pro peccatis nostris haec patimur.
Aperi oculos, Domine, et vide afflictionem nostram.
We have heard the tribulations which the cities have suffered, and have wasted away.
O Lord, our eyes are turned to thee: let us not perish.
Fear and dullness of mind :have fallen upon us and our children.
Even the mountains will not receive our flight. Lord, have mercy.
For we suffer thus for our sins.
Open thine eyes, O Lord, and behold our affliction.