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Thomas Tallis (v.1505-1585) : "Benedictus Blessed be the Lord God of Israel"

Chapelle du Roi - Dir. Alastair Dixon

NB : Ce Cantique est appelé aussi "The Benedictus of Zechariah" ou "The Canticle of Zechariah", qui tire son nom de la première ligne de son texte dans la Vulgate, au livre de Zacharie :
"Benedictus Deus Israhel quia visitavit et fecit redemptionem plebi suae"

Texte : Benedictus Blessed be the Lord God of Israel

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
And hath lifted up an horn of salvation to us: in the house of his servant David;
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets: which hath been since the world began;
That we should be saved from our enemies: and from the hands of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers: and to remember his holy covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our father Abraham: that he would give us;
That we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies: might serve him without fear;
In holiness and righteousness before him: all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the most high: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people: for the remission of their sins;
Through the tender mercy of our God: whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, and is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

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