Byrd, William: Ad Dominum cum tribularer

Ad Dominum cum tribularer

Ad Dominum cum tribularer clamavi et exaudivit me. Domine, libera animam meam a labiis iniquis et a lingua dolosa. Quid detur tibi, aut quid apponatur tibi ad linguam dolosam? Sagittae potentis acutae, cum carbonibus desolatoriis. Heu mihi, quia incolatus meus prolongatus est! habitavi cum habitantibus Cedar; multum incola fuit anima mea. Cum his qui oderunt pacem eram pacificus. Ego pacem loquebar, et illi bellum conclamabant.

When I was in trouble I called upon the Lord : and he heard me. Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips : and from a deceitful tongue. What reward shall be given or done unto thee, thou false tongue : even mighty and sharp arrows, with hot burning coals. Woe is me, that I must live among the tents of Kedar. Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.

Words: Psalm 120 vv. 1–6
Music: William Byrd (c. 1540–1623)