Saturday, February 16, 2013

Thomas Tallis's Spem In Alium Sung by The King's Singers


In Lenten Music, Eric M. Johnson informs us that while "Tallis was regarded as an obedient English musician who adapted his religious views according to the ruler of the time, ... recent scholarship has revealed that Tallis, though he was employed by the Chapel Royal, never swerved in his devotion to Catholicism." The text:
    Spem in alium nunquam habui
    praeter in te, Deus Israel,
    qui irasceris et propitius eris,
    et omnia peccata hominum
    in tribulatione dimittis.
    Domine Deus,
    creator coeli et terrae
    respice humilitatem nostram.
    I have never founded my hope
    on any other than thee. O God of Israel,
    who shalt be angry, and yet be gracious,
    and who absolvest all the sins of mankind
    in tribulation.
    Lord God,
    creator of heaven and earth,
    be mindful of our lowliness.

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