Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

What have I done unto thee O my people;
or wherein have I wearied thee?
Testify against me.
Because I brought thee forth from the land of Egypt
thou hast prepared a cross for thy Saviour.

Agios O Theos. Sanctus Deus.
Agios is kyros. Sanctus fortis.
Agios Athanatos eleison imas. Sanctus et immortalis.
Miserere nobis.

Because I led thee through the desert forty year
and fed thee with manna,
And brought thee into a land exceeding good
thou hast prepared a cross for thy Saviour.

What more could I have done unto thee that I have not done?
I indeed did plant thee, O my vineyard, with exceeding fair fruit,
and thou art become very bitter unto me.
For vinegar, mingled with gall, thou gavest me when thirst;
and hast pierced with a spear the side of thy Saviour.


Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

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