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Lamentations for Good Friday (Brumel): IV Nun. Prophetae – version for upper voices


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Source: Biblioteca Nazionale di Firenze, MS. II.I.285

Transposition: up octave, also available at pitch.

Difficulty: hard

Length: 12.34 mins.

Editors/copyright: Laurie Stras © 2019.

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Text and translation

[Lamentationes Hieremiæ Prophetæ, in feria sexta Parasceve]: Antoine Brumel (c.1460-c.1512)

IV. Nun. Prophetæ tui viderunt
Nun. Prophetæ tui viderunt tibi falsa et stulta; nec aperiebant iniquitatem tuam, ut te ad poenitentiam provocarent; viderunt autem tibi assumptiones falsas, et eiectiones.
Your prophets have seen vain and foolish things for you: for they have not revealed your sins, and lead you to challenge your captivity; and have told [seen for] you your burdens and banishment are false.
Samech. Plauserunt super te manibus omnes transeuntes per viam; sibilaverunt et moverunt capita sua super filiam Ierusalem: Hæccine est urbs, dicentes, perfecti decoris, gaudium universæ terræ?
All that pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, “Is this the city that men call the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth?”
Aleph. Ego vir videns paupertatem meam in virga indignationis eius.
I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.
Aleph. Me minavit, et adduxit in tenebras, et non in lucem.
He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.
Aleph. Tantum in me vertit et convertit manum suam tota die.
Surely, He is turned against me; He turns His hand against me all the day.
Beth. Vetustam fecit pellem meam et carnem meam; et contrivit ossa mea.
He has made my flesh and my skin old; He has broken my bones.
Beth. Ædificavit in gyro meo, et circumdedit me felle et labore.
He has built against me, and surrounded me with gall and travail.
Beth. In tenebrosis collocavit me, quasi mortuos sempiternos.
He has set me in dark places, as they that are forever dead.
Ierusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.
Jerusalem, return to the Lord your God.