Thursday, December 2, 2010

Claudio Monteverdi's Lætatus Sum Performed by Cantar Lontano Directed by Marco Mencoboni

For Advent, something this year celebrating its four-hundredth anniversary, with Psalm 121 as its text:
    Laetatus sum in his quae dicta sunt mihi in domum Domini ibimus stantes erant pedes nostri in atriis tuis Hierusalem. Hierusalem quae aedificatur ut civitas cuius participatio eius in id ipsum illic enim ascenderunt tribus tribus Domini testimonium Israhel ad confitendum nomini Domini quia illic sederunt sedes in iudicium sedes super domum David.

    Rogate quae ad pacem sunt Hierusalem et abundantia diligentibus te fiat pax in virtute tua et abundantia in turribus tuis propter fratres meos et proximos meos loquebar pacem de te propter domum Domini Dei nostri quaesivi bona tibi.

    I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the house of the Lord. Our feet were standing in thy courts, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem, which is built as a city, which is compact together. For thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord: the testimony of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord. Because their seats have sat in judgment, seats upon the house of David.

    Pray ye for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem: and abundance for them that love thee. Let peace be in thy strength: and abundance in thy towers. For the sake of my brethren, and of my neighbours, I spoke peace of thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God, I have sought good things for thee.

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