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Sicut Ovis ad Occisionem (1611)

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Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday

Sicut Ovis ad Occisionem

Sicut ovis ad occisionem ductus est,
et dum male tractaretur non aperuit os suum;
traditus est ad mortem ut vivificaret populum suum.
Tradidit in mortem aninam suam, et in ter iniquos reputatus est.
Ut vivificaret populum suum.

As to the slaughter

He was led as a sheep to the slaughter,
mistreated, but he opened not his mouth;
He was delivered over to death so as to give life to his people.
He delivered his soul unto death, and was counted among the malefactors.
To quicken his people.


Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa was Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza. He is best known for composing intensely expressive madrigals and pieces of sacred music. Several operas and pieces of music have been inspired by his work and his life, particularly the jealous murder of his wife and her lover upon discovering their affair.

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