Handel, Dixit Dominus HWV 232

Tavener Consort & Players; Andrew Parrott, director (Virgin Classics, 1989)

1. Dixit Dominus Domino meo

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2. Virgam virtutis tuae

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3. Tecum principium

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4. Juravit Dominus

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5. Tu es sacerdos

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6. Dominus a dextris tuis

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7. De torrente

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8. Gloria Patri

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Movement Text Translation
Chorus Dixit Dominus Domino meo:
Sede a dextris meis, donec ponam inimicos tuos scabellum pedum tuorum.
The Lord said unto my Lord:
Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy foot-stool.
Aria
(countertenor)
Virgam virtutis tuae emittet Dominus ex Sion:
dominare in medio inimicorum tuorum.
The Lord shall send the rod of thy power out of Sion:
be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.
Aria
(soprano)
Tecum principatus in die virtutis tuae, in splendoribus sanctis.
Ex utero ante luciferum genui te.
In the day of thy power shall the people offer thee free-will offerings with an holy worship.
The dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning.
Chorus Iuravit Dominus et non paenitebit eum: The Lord sware, and will not repent:
Chorus Tu es sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech. Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedech.
Soloists and chorus Dominus a dextris tuis,
confregit in die irae suae reges.
The Lord upon thy right hand,
shall wound even kings in the day of his wrath.
Soloists and chorus Judicabit in nationibus,
Implebit ruinas, conquassabit capita in terra multorum.
He shall judge the nations,
fill the places with destruction, and shatter the capitals in many lands.
Soprano duet and chorus De torrente in via bibet,
propterea exaltabit caput.
He shall drink of the brook in the way,
therefore shall he lift up his head.
Chorus Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto,
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be: throughout all ages. Amen.

11. July 2012 by Matthew Hall
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