Jan Dismas Zelenka — Miserere mei Deus I & II

Solid baroque Czech liturgical music. I expecially like the second movement.  While the first movement sounds very much like penetential music, the second sounds hopeful — repentant but hopeful. The text is taken from Psalm 50.

(50:3) miserere mei Deus secundum magnam; misericordiam tuam et; secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum dele iniquitatem meam (50:4) amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea et a peccato meo munda me (50:5) quoniam iniquitatem meam ego cognosco et peccatum meum contra me est semper (50:6) tibi soli peccavi et malum coram te feci ut iustificeris in sermonibus tuis et vincas cum iudicaris (50:7) ecce enim in iniquitatibus conceptus sum et in peccatis concepit me mater mea (50:8) ecce enim veritatem dilexisti incerta et occulta sapientiae tuae manifestasti mihi (50:9) asparges me hysopo et mundabor lavabis me et super nivem dealbabor (50:10) auditui meo dabis gaudium et laetitiam exultabunt ossa humiliata (50:11) averte faciem tuam a peccatis meis et omnes iniquitates meas dele (50:12) cor mundum crea in me Deus et spiritum rectum innova in visceribus meis (50:13) ne proicias me a facie tua et spiritum sanctum tuum ne auferas a me (50:14) redde mihi laetitiam salutaris tui et spiritu principali confirma me (50:15) docebo iniquos vias tuas et impii ad te convertentur (50:16) libera me de sanguinibus Deus Deus salutis meae exultabit lingua mea iustitiam tuam (50:17) Domine labia mea aperies et os meum adnuntiabit laudem tuam (50:18) quoniam si voluisses sacrificium dedissem utique holocaustis non delectaberis (50:19) sacrificium Deo spiritus contribulatus cor contritum et humiliatum Deus non spernet (50:20) benigne fac Domine in bona voluntate tua Sion et aedificentur muri Hierusalem (50:21) tunc acceptabis sacrificium iustitiae oblationes et holocausta tunc inponent super altare tuum vitulos

(51:3) Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy. And according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity. (51:4) Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (51:5) For I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me. (51:6) To thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before thee: that thou mayst be justified in thy words, and mayst overcome when thou art judged. (51:7) For behold I was conceived in iniquities; and in sins did my mother conceive me. (51:8) For behold thou hast loved truth: the uncertain and hidden things of thy wisdom thou hast made manifest to me. (51:9) Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. (51:10) To my hearing thou shalt give joy and gladness: and the bones that have been humbled shall rejoice. (51:11) Turn away thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. (51:12) Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit within my bowels. (51:13) Cast me not away from thy face; and take not thy holy spirit from me. (51:14) Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and strengthen me with a perfect spirit. (51:15) I will teach the unjust thy ways: and the wicked shall be converted to thee. (51:16) Deliver me from blood, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall extol thy justice. (51:17) O Lord, thou wilt open my lips: and my mouth shall declare thy praise. (51:18) For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted. (51:19) A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (51:20) Deal favourably, O Lord, in thy good will with Sion; that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up. (51:21) Then shalt thou accept the sacrifice of justice, oblations and whole burnt offerings: then shall they lay calves upon thy altar.

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