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Lamentations for Good Friday (Brumel): V Gimel. Circumaedificavit – version for lower voices


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

Transposition: at pitch, also available up octave.

Difficulty: hard

Length: 08:12 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)

V. Gimel. Gircumædificavit adversum me
Gimel. Circumædificavit adversum me, ut non egrediar; aggravavit compedem meum.
He has hedged me about, so I cannot get out: he has made my chain heavy.
Gimel. Sed et cum clamavero et rogavero, exclusit orationem meam.
Also when I cry and shout, he shuts out my prayer.
Gimel. Conclusit vias meas lapidibus quadris; semitas meas subvertit.
He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he has made my paths crooked.
Daleth. Ursus insidians factus est mihi, leo in absconditis.
He was as a bear lying in wait for me, and as a lion in secret places.
Daleth. Semitas meas subvertit, et confregit me; posuit me desolatam.
He has turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: He has made me desolate.