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Emendemus in melius

Language: Latin

Emendemus in melius 
quae ignoranter peccavimus, 
ne subito praeoccupati die mortis 
queramus spatium poenitentiae 
et invenire non possumus. 

Attende, Domine, et miserere, 
quia peccavimus tibi. 
Adiuva nos, Deus salutaris noster, 
et propter honorem nominis tui libera nos.

Translation(s): DUT ENG

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Submitted by David Wyatt


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "Let us change for the better", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Laten wij verbeteren", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2012-07-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:59
Line count: 9
Word count: 37

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Laten wij verbeteren

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the Latin

Laten wij verbeteren
Datgene waarin wij onwetend gezondigd hebben,
Opdat wij niet, op een dag gegrepen door de dood,
Gelegenheid tot boete zoeken
En haar niet kunnen vinden.
Sla acht op ons, Heer, en heb medelijden,
Want wij hebben tegen u gezondigd.
Help ons, God onze redder,
En verlos ons, tot eer van uw naam.

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  • Translation from Latin to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2014 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Text added to the website: 2014-04-23.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:32
Line count: 9
Word count: 55