Philip Dulichius
(1562 - 1631)

Attendite a falsis prophetis
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From Fasciculus novus, Stettin, 1598.

A rare example of humour displayed in German sacred music of the rinascimento (or indeed of any period); an example of what J.B.Priestley would have classified as "sandbag badinage". How the congregation tittered when Dulichius shewed his "falsis".
Lyrics: Matthew 7: 15,16,18

Attendite a falsis prophetis,
qui veniunt ad vos in vestimentis ovium,
intrinsecus autem sunt lupi rapaces:
a fructibus eorum cognoscetis eos.
Quia non potest arbor bona fructus malos facere:
neque arbor mala fructus bonos facere.

Beware of false prophets,
which come to you, in sheeps' clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves:
ye shall know them by their fruits.
For a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit:
neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.