Tuesday in the third week of Advent: Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus

The evening psalmody in today’s office readings includes Psalm 47. Here’s a suitably Adventy setting by Christopher Tye. I’ll save more bombastic settings for Ascensiontide. Until then, enjoy…

Psalm 47

1 Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus; jubilate Deo in voce exsultationis:
2 Quoniam Dominus excelsus, terribilis, Rex magnus super omnem terram.
3 Subiecit populos nobis, et gentes sub pedibus nostris.
4 Elegit nobis haereditatem suam: speciem Jacob quem dilexit.
5 Ascendit Deus in jubilo, et Dominus in voce tubae.
6 Psallite Deo nostro, psallite; psallite Regi nostro, psallite:
7 quoniam Rex omnis terrae Deus, psallite sapienter.
8 Regnabit Deus super gentes: Deus sedet super sedem sanctam suam.
9 Principes populorum congregati sunt cum Deo Abraham, quoniam dii fortes terrae vehementer elevati sunt.

In English

1 O clap your hands together, all ye people : O sing unto God with the voice of melody.
2 For the Lord is high, and to be feared : he is the great King upon all the earth.
3 He shall subdue the people under us : and the nations under our feet.
4 He shall choose out an heritage for us : even the worship of Jacob, whom he loved.
5 God is gone up with a merry noise : and the Lord with the sound of the trump.
6 O sing praises, sing praises unto our God : O sing praises, sing praises unto our King.
7 For God is the King of all the earth : sing ye praises with understanding.
8 God reigneth over the heathen : God sitteth upon his holy seat.
9 The princes of the people are joined unto the people of the God of Abraham: for God, which is very high exalted, doth defend the earth, as it were with a shield.

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