Quis est homo (William Byrd)

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  • CPDL #05318:        (Sibelius 4)
Version transposed down a major 2nd:  
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-07-07).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 167 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised March 2008. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Quis est homo
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1591 in Cantiones Sacrae II, nos. 3-4.

Description: Motet in two parts.

Prima pars: Quis est homo
Secunda pars: Diverte a malo

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quis est homo qui vult vitam et cupit videre dies bonos?
Cohibe linguam tuam a malo, et labia tua ne loquantur dolum.
Deverte a malo, et fac bonum; inquire pacem, et sequere eam.
Oculi Domini super iustos, et aures eius ad preces eorum.
Vultus autem Domini super facientes mala, ut perdat de terra memoriam eorum.

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 34. v. 13-17.