Ramsey’s madrigal-anthem probably dates from around 1615 and was written for private devotions rather than the liturgy. It’s a six-part setting that with its harmonic tensions, repetitions, and use of declamation and and dissonance can sound surprisingly modern to our ears. Enjoy :-).
Text & Translation: In monte Oliveti
|In monte Oliveti orabat ad Patrem: |
Pater, si placet tibi transeat a me calix iste.
Spiritus vero promptus est,
Caro enim concupiscit ad versum spiritum.
Fiat voluntas tua.
|On the Mount of Olives He prayed to the Father: |
Father, if it please You take this cup away from me.
The spirit is willing,
The flesh, however, craves that the spirit be turned.
Thy will be done.