Emendemus in melius (William Byrd)

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Editor: Edward Tambling (submitted 2011-11-05).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: At original pitch for SATTB
Editor: Edward Tambling (submitted 2011-05-04).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 69 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a perfect fourth for ATBarBarB
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-09-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 106 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Oct 11
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Editor: Rick Wheeler (submitted 1999-07-15).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 168 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Emendemus in melius
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB or ATBarBarB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: a cappella
Published: Cantiones sacrae (1575), no.4

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Original text and translations

Psalm 105:6; Matins Responsory, First Sunday of Lent; cf. Esther 13, Joel 2

Latin.png Latin text

Emendemus in melius quae ignoranter peccavimus;
ne subito praeoccupati die mortis,
quaeramus spatium poenitentiae,
et invenire non possimus.
Attende, Domine, et miserere;
quia peccavimus tibi.
Adjuva nos,
Deus salutaris noster,
et propter honorem nominis tui libera nos.

English.png English translation

translation by William Mahrt

Let us amend for the better in those things in which we have sinned through ignorance;
lest suddenly overtaken by the day of death,
we seek space for repentance,
and be not able to find it.
Hearken, O Lord, and have mercy:
for we have sinned against thee.
Help us, O God of our salvation,
and for the honour of thy name deliver us.

(Ps. 78:9; Distribution of Ashes, Ash Wednesday; First Sunday of Lent, Matins Responsory; cf. Esther 13, Joel 2)