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All twelve of Praetorius' settings of this compline hymn, from Hymnodia Sionia, are available on notAmos. The source comprises settings with examples of underlay for single verses. notAmos editions have expanded the underlay for each setting to include all verses (with the exception of a 7, which omits verse 3). Pre-existing underlay has also been reviewed and revised. The greater moiety of underlay is therefore, by definition, editorial. Small rhythmic alterations have been made when absolutely necessary to accommodate the different scansions of different verses.

Editions have been made uniform: each has been given a reduction (for practice purposes); each verse starts on a new page, with reiterated voicing. Any one verse will therefore be compatible with any other verse from a different setting. It is envisaged that the user can create his own tailored version from the constituent verses to obtain a variety of textures and sonorities.

N.B. the English practice was to alternate plainsong (odd verses) with polyphony (even verses) (hence the common title of polyphonic settings of "Precamur").

Lyrics: Anon

Christe qui lux es et dies,
Noctis tenebras detegis,
Lucisque lumen crederis,
Lumen beatum praedicans.
Christ, who art the light and day,
You drive away the darkness of night,
You are called the light of light,
For you proclaim the blessed light.
Precamur Sancte Domine,
Defende nos in hac nocte,
Sit nobis in te requies,
Quietam noctem tribue.
We beseech you, Holy Lord,
Protect us this night.
Let us take our rest in you;
Grant us a tranquil night.
Ne gravis somnus irruat,
Nec hostis nos surripiat,
Nec caro illi consentiens,
Nos tibi reos statuat.
Let our sleep be free from care;
Let not the enemy snatch us away,
Nor flesh conspire within him,
And make us guilty in your sight.
Oculi somnum capiant,
Cor ad te semper vigilet,
Dextera tua protegat
Famulos qui te diligunt.
Though our eyes be filled with sleep,
Keep our hearts forever awake to you.
May your right hand protect
Your willing servants.
Defensor noster aspice,
Insidiantes reprime,
Guberna tuos famulos,
Quos sanguine mercatus es.
You who are our shield, behold;
Restrain those that lie in wait.
And guide your servants whom
You have ransomed with your blood.
Memento nostri Domine
In gravi isto corpore,
Qui es defensor animae,
Adesto nobis Domine.
Remember us, O Lord,
Who bear the burden of this mortal form;
You who are the defender of the soul,
Be near us, O Lord.
Deo Patri sit gloria,
Eiusque soli Filio,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito,
Et nunc et in perpetuum.
Glory be to God the Father,
And to his only Son,
With the Spirit, Comforter,
Both now and evermore.

Michael Praetorius
(?1571 - 1621)

Praetorius : Christe qui lux es a 4 IV : illustration


Christe qui lux es a 4 IV

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