Translation © by David Wyatt

Lectio Sexta 
Language: Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Quis mihi hoc tribuat, ut in inferno protegeas me,
et abscondas me, donec pertranseat furor tuus,
et constituas mihi tempus in quo recorderis mei?
Putasne, mortuus homo rursum vivat? Cunctis diebus
quibus nunc milito, expecto donec veniat immutatio mea.
Vocabis me, et ego respondebo tibi :
operi manuum tuarum porriges dexteram.
Tu quidem gressus meos dinumerasti, sed parce peccatis meis.


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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Sixième lecture", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "Sixth lesson", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2010-04-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 60

Sixth lesson
Language: English  after the Latin 
Who could arrange this for me, to protect me as you do in hell,
And to hide me until your wrath has passed,
And to decide a time for me in which you will remember me?
Do you think a dead man can live again? For all the days
Which I now serve, I will wait until my substitute comes.
You will call me, and I will reply to you: 
you will hold out your right hand to the work of your own hands.
Number out my steps by all means, but pardon my sins.


  • Translation from Latin to English copyright © 2012 by David Wyatt, (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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This text was added to the website: 2012-05-18
Line count: 8
Word count: 95