Audi tellus (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • CPDL #29120:    (MIDI)  
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2013-05-13).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 169 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Magnum opus musicum, 1604. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note-values. Editorial musica ficta clearly indicated. Midi files zipped. LilyPond version: 2.16.2

General Information

Title: Audi tellus
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First Published: 1566 in Sacrae cantiones liber quartus, no. 9.
   2. Published: 1568 in Selectissimae cantiones, no. 1.16.
Description: 3 part motet.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Audi tellus, audi magni maris limbus,
audi omne quod vivit sub sole:
hujus mundi decus et gloria
quam sint falsa et transitoria,
ut testantur haec temporalia
non in uno statu manentia.
Nulli valet regalis dignitas,
nulli valet corporis quantitas,
nulli artium valet profunditas,
nulli magnae valent divitiae,
nullum salvat genus aut species,
nulli prodest auri congeries.
Transierunt rerum materies
ut a sole liquescit glacies.

Ubi Plato? Ubi Porphirius?
Ubi Tullius aut Vergilius?
Ubi Thales? Ubi Empedocles,
aut egregius Aristoteles?
Ubi Alexander? Ubi rex maximus?
Ubi Hector, Trojae fortissimus?

Ubi David, rex doctissimus?
Ubi Salomon prudentissimus?
Ubi Absolon pulcherrimus?
Cum Helena Paris pulcherrima?
Transierunt legem mortalium
per unius momenti spatium
ceciderunt in profundum ut lapides,
quis scit an detur eis requies?
Sed tu, Deus, rector fidelium,
fac te nobis semper propitium
cum de malis fiet judicium.