Description: It has been suggested that this work may have been written as a companion to the 7-part Missa Puer natus est nobis, and so to date from around 1554. However, it appears stylistically to be more closely related to Tallis's Elizabethan works, especially Spem in alium.
Original text and translations
Suscipe quaeso Domine vocem confitentis.
Scelera mea non defendo: peccavi.
Deus, miserere mei, peccavi: dele culpas meas gratia tua.
Si enim iniquitates recordaberis, quis sustineat?
Quis enim justus se dicere audeat sine peccato esse?
Nullus est enim mundus in conspectu tuo.
Receive, I beseech, O Lord, the voice of one who confesses.
I do not defend my misdeeds: I have sinned. O God, have mercy upon me.
By thy grace blot out my sins.
For if thou shalt remember iniquities, who could endure it?
For who is so righteous that he dare say that he is without sin?
For none is pure in thy sight.