In te Domine speravi (Josquin des Prez)

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Editor: Rupert Preston Bell (submitted 2002-04-26).   Score information: A4, 4 pages   Copyright: Personal
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Title: In te Domine speravi, per trovar pietà
Composer: Josquin des Prez

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

Languages: Latin, Italian
Instruments: a cappella
Published: Cancionero de Palacio, #68 in Barbieri's index

Description: In te Domine speravi, per trovar pietà is a frottola found in many old manuscripts, often times attributed to "Josquin d'Ascanio", who today is believed to be des Prez' nickname during the time he was in the service of Cardeal Ascanio. Josquin also published a Latin-only contrafactum for this same work under the title In te, Domine, speravi; non confundar.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin and Italian.png Italian text

In te Domine speravi
Per trovar pietà in eterno.
Ma in un tristo e obscuro inferno
Fui et frustra laboravi.

Rotto e al vento ogni speranza
Veggio il ciel voltarmi in pianto.
Suspir lacrime m'avanza
Del mio tristo sperar tanto.

Fui ferito, se non quanto
Tribulando ad te clamavi.
In te Domine speravi.

English.png English translation

In Thee O Lord did I hope
To find pity for ever.
But in a sad and dark hell
I was, and suffered in vain.

Broken and thrown to the wind is all hope.
I have seen heaven turn me to weeping.
Only sighs and tears remain
To me of my sad, strong hope.

I was wounded, but in my sorrow
I called upon Thee.
In Thee O Lord did I hope.