'Parce mihi, Domine' by Morales
  • Classical music 'Parce mihi, Domine' by the early 16th-century Spanish composer Cristobal de Morales. Performed by Lumina Vocal Ensemble, director Anna Pope. Recorded by Kenneth Pope in St Aloysius; Church Sevenhill, South Australia, 2009. SIngers: Rachel Sag, Raphaela Mazzone, Sarah Bleby, Saam Thorne, Kate Tretheway, Rosemary Byron-Scott, Anna Pope, Tim Muecke, Bernard Mageean, Clive Conway, Evan Sanders & Kenneth Pope. Images from NASA, Kangaroo Island, Florence and the Sevenhill Church in South Australia. Photos by Eleanor Pope, Claire Booth, Martin McClelland & Michael Denholm. lumina.org.au Text: Parce mihi, Domine, nihil enim sunt dies mei. Quid est homo, quia magnificas eum? Aut quid apponis erga eum cor tuum? Visitas eum diluculo et subito probas illum. Usquequo non parcis mihi, nec dimittis me, ut glutiam salivam meam? Peccavi, quid faciam tibi, o custos hominum? Quare posuisti me contrarium tibi, et factus sum mihimetispsi gravis? Cur non tollis peccatum meum, et quare non aufers iniquitatem meam? Ecce, nunc in pulvere dormiam, et si mane me quaesieris, non subsistam. English translation: Spare me, Lord, for my days are as nothing. What is Man, that you should make so much of us? Or why should you set your heart upon us? You visit us at dawn, and put us to the test at any moment. Will you not spare me and let me be, while I swallow my saliva? If I have sinned, how have I hurt you, O guardian of mankind? Why have you set me up as your target, so that I am now a burden to myself ...

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