Robert White (±1538-1574): Manus tuae fecerunt me

White’s five-part (ATTBB) setting of verses seventy three to eight of Psalm 118 in the Vulgate – so far as I know this performance is the only extant recording of it which is a pity as it’s a wonderful exemplar of White’s skill in text setting. Enjoy :-).


Robert White (±1538-1574): Manus tuae fecerunt me

Manus tuae fecerunt me et plasmaverunt me:
da mihi intellectum et discam mandata tua.

Thy hands have made me and fashioned me:
give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

Qui timent te videbunt me et laetabuntur:
quia in verba tua supersperavi.

They that fear thee will be glad when they see me:
because I have hoped in thy word.

Cognovi Domine quia aequitas iudicia tua:
et veritate humiliasti me.

I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right:
and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

Fiat misericordia tua ut consoletur me:
secundum eloquium tuum servo tuo.

Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort:
according to thy word unto thy servant.

Veniant mihi miserationes tuae et vivam:
quia lex tua meditatio mea est.

Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live:
for thy law is my delight.

Confundantur superbi quia iniuste iniquitatem
fecerunt in me: ego autem exercebor in mandatis tuis.

Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me
without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.

Convertantur mihi timentes te:
et qui noverunt testimonia tua.

Let those that fear thee turn unto me:
and those that have known thy testimonies.

Fiat cor meum inmaculatum in iustificationibus tuis:
ut non confundar.

Let my heart be sound in thy statutes:
that I be not ashamed.

Gallicantus conductged by Gabriel Crouch.

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