Homo quidam descendebat (Alvise Balbi)

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Title: Homo quidam descendebat
Composer: Alvise Balbi
Lyricist: Luke 10: 30-34create page

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1606 in Ecclesiastici Concentus, no. 58
  2nd published: 1617 in Promptuarium musicum, Pars Quarta, no. 49

Description: Setting of the parable of the good Samaritan.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Homo quidam descendebat de Jerusalem in Jerico, et incidit in latrones,
qui etiam despoliaverunt eum: et plagis impositis abierunt semivivo relicto.
Accidit autem ut sacerdos quidam descenderet eadem via: et viso illo præterivit.
Similiter et Levita, cum esset secus locum, et videret eum, pertransiit.
Samaritanus autem quidam iter faciens, venit secus eum: et videns eum,
misericordia motus est.
Et appropians alligavit vulnera ejus, infundens oleum et vinum.

English.png English translation

A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves,
which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him,
he had compassion on him,
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine.