Machaut: Tu qui gregem tuum ducis
Plange regni republica!
Apprehende arma et scutum et exurge (M22)

Four-voice motet.

Sources: Machaut Manuscripts A B E & G

Lyrics

Tu qui gregem tuum ducis,
Opera fac veri ducis,
Nam ducere et non duci,
Hoc competit vero duci.
Dux prudentium consilio
Ducat nec sit in ottio
Debetque dux anteire,
Ductus autem obedire;
Sed si ductor nescit iter,
Ambo pereunt leviter.
Nam ambulat absque luce
Qui ducitur ceco duce,
Sed qui habet verum ducem
Omni hora habet lucem,
Et ille bene ducitur
Qui a nullo seducitur.
Unde qui ducum ductor es,
Contere nunc seductores,
Et taliter nos deducas,
Ut ad pacem nos perducas.

Plange regni republica!
Tua gens ut scismatica
Desolatur;
Nam pars eius est iniqua
Et altera sophistica
Reputatur.
De te mondo non curatur,
Inimicis locus datur
Franduletur,
Tui status deturpatur;
Sua virtus augmentatur
Nunc potentur.
Te rexerunt imprudenter,
Licet forte innocenter
Tui cari.
Sed amodo congaudenter
Te facient et potenter,
Deo dante, dominari.

Apprehende arma et scutum et exurge.


Discography

  1. Cantus C 9626
    Le Jugement du Roi de Navarre
    Ensemble Gilles Binchois - Dominique Vellard, dir.
    Rec.: 1988

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

  3. Philips SAL 3722 [LP]
    Music from the 100 Years War
    Musica Reservata - John Beckett, dir.
    Rec.: 1969

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

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

  6. 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:

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


Please see the Machaut index page for an introduction, discussion of methodology, and notes on this project.

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