Orlande de Lassus
(?1532 - 1594)

Lassus : O mors quam amara est : illustration

O mors quam amara est
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Included in Magnum Opus Musicum (both 1568 and 1579).
Lyrics: Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) Ch.41, v.1,2

O mors quam amara est memoria tua homini pacem habenti in substantiis suis:
viro quieto, et cuius viæ directæ sunt in omnibus, et adhuc valenti accipere cibum!
O mors, bonum est iudicium tuum homini indigenti, et qui minoratur viribus,
defecto ætate, et cui de omnibus cura est, et incredibili, qui perdit patientiam!

O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that liveth at rest in his possessions:
unto the man that hath nothing to vex him, and that hath prosperity in all things, yea unto him that is yet able to receive meat!
O death, acceptable is thy sentence unto the needy, and unto him whose strength faileth,
that is now in the last age, and is vexed with all things, and to him that despaireth and hath lost patience!