Machaut: Christe, qui lux es et dies
Veni, creator spiritus
Tribulatio proxima est et non est qui adjuvet (M21)

Four-voice motet.

Sources: Machaut Manuscripts A B E & G

Lyrics

Christe, qui lux es et dies
Fideliumque requies
Nos visita.
Tu furoris temperies
Tu dulcoris planities
Nunc excita.
Posse tuum precipita
Depredentes qui nos ita
Vituperant.
Sicut per te fuit vita
Patribus nostris reddita,
Qui tunc erant
Nec tueri se poterant,
Sed ad te reclamaverant,
Deus fortis,
Sie cave, ne nos atterant
Qui nos in guerris lacerant
Nunc subortis,
Et adire nexu mortis,
Cuius sumus jam in portis,
Nos protegas.
Gentem serves tue sortis,
Tui fratris ac consortis
Causam regas
Qui malos a te segregas
Nec justis opem denegas,
Legis lator.
Proditores nunc detegas
Horumque visum contegas,
Consolator,
Danielis visitator
Puerorumque salvator
In fornace,
Per abacuth confortator.
Sis pro nobis preliator
Et dimittas nos in pace.

Veni, creator spiritus
Flentium audi gemitus,
Quos nequiter gens misera
Destruit; veni, prospera.
Jam nostra virtus deficit
Nec os humanum sufficit
Ad narrandum obprobria
Que nobis dant vecordia,
Diviso, cupiditas
Fideliumque raritas,
Unde flentes ignoramus
Quid agere debeamus.
Circumdant nos inimici,
Sed et nostri domestici
Conversi sunt in predones:
Leopardi et leones,
Lupi, milvi et aquile
Rapiunt omne reptile.
Consumunt nos carbunculi,
Ad te nostri sunt oculi:
Perde gentem hanc rapacem,
Jhesu, redemptor seculi,
Et da nobis [tuam] pacem.

Tribulatio proxima est et non est qui adjuvet.


Discography

  1. DG Archiv Produktion 2723 045 [LPx3]
    Music of the Gothic Era
    Early Music Consort of London - David Munrow, dir.
    Rec.: 1975

  2. ECM "New Series" 1823
    Machaut: Motets
    Hilliard Ensemble
    Rec.: 2001

  3. Erato EFM 18 041 or MCE 18 041 [LP or Cassette]
    Guillaume de Machaut - Messe de Nostre Dame, Trois motets latins & François Andrieu: Double Ballade sur la mort de Guillaume de Machaut
    Séminaire européen de musique ancienne - Bernard Gagnepain, dir.
    Rec.: 1977

  4. Harmonic Records H/CD 8825
    Machaut: Ballades, Rondeaux, Virelais, Motets
    Ensemble Gilles Binchois - Dominique Vellard, dir.
    Rec.: 1988

  5. K&K Verlagsanstalt K&K 95 [CD]
    Hosanna in Excelsis
    Les Menestrels
    Rec.: 2005

  6. Mandala MAN 4946
    Chants du XIVème siècle - Vocal Music of the 14th Century :Guillaume de Machaut, Philippe de Vitry, Roman de Fauvel, Manuscrits d'Apt, de Barcelone et de Chypre
    Mora Vocis
    Rec.: 1997 & 1999

  7. Mirror Music Mi 00006/00009 [4 LPs, including Mi 7a (Mass) also released separately]
    Guillaume de Machaut - Le Livre Du Voir Dis & La Messe de Nostre Dame
    Les Menestrels, Wien & Mozart-Sängerknaben, Wien - Klaus Walter, Michel Walter & Eva Brunner, dirs.
    Rec.: 1978

  8. Renaissance der Renaissance 3.108 [CDx3]
    Machaut: 7 Isorhythmic sacred motets / Dufay: Complete Isorhythmic motets, 7 Cantilena motets
    Helga Weber Ensemble
    Rec.: 1990-1991

  9. Signum SIGCD 011
    Guillaume de Machaut Motet and Music from the Ivrea Codex
    The Clerks' Group - Edward Wickham, dir.
    Rec.: 1998

  10. Telefunken Das Alte Werk SAWT B-9566 [LP]
    Guillaume de Machaut: La Messe de Nostre Dame und Motetten
    Capella antiqua München - Konrad Ruhland, dir.
    Rec.: 1970:

  11. Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT 021002 [CDx2]
    Machaut - Les Motets
    Ensemble Musica Nova
    Rec.: 2002


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