Giovanni Croce
(c.1557 - 1609)

Croce : Plange quasi virgo : illustration

Plange quasi virgo
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Setting of the 3rd Responsory for Holy Saturday from Motetti a otto voce, Venice, 1603. Instruments may be used to replace or reinforce the voices.
Lyrics: Anon

Plange quasi virgo, plebs mea,
ululate, pastores, in cinere et cilicio,
quia veniet dies Domini magna et amara valde.

Weep like a virgin, my people,
howl, you shepherds, in sackcloth and ashes,
for the great and bitter day of the Lord will come.