Saturday, December 03, 2011

Vigilate (Byrd)

Vigilate - The King's Singers - YouTube

The text is from this year's Gospel reading for Advent 1, Mark 13: 35-37. A beautiful rendition.

nescitis enim quando dominus domus veniat,
sero, an media nocte, an gallicantu, an mane.
Vigilate ergo,
ne cum venerit repente, inveniat vos dormientes.
Quod autem dico vobis,
omnibus dico: vigilate.

Watch ye therefore
(for you know not when the lord of the house cometh,
at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning):
Watch therefore,
lest coming on a sudden, he find you sleeping.
And what I say to you,
I say to all: Watch.

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