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Monteverdi – Beatus vir

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Beatus vir qui timet Dominum: In mandates ejus volet nimis.
Potens in terra erit semen ejus Benedicetur generatio rectorum,
Gloria et divitiae in domo ejus: et justitia ejus manet in saeculum saeculi.
Exortum est in tenebris lumen rectis misericors, miserator et justus.
Jucundus homo qui miseretur et commodat, disponet sermones suos in judicio:
quia in aeternum non commovebitur.
In memoria aeterna, ab auditione mala non timebit.
Paratum cor ejus confirmatum est, non commovebitur donec despiciat inimicos suos
Dispersit dedit pauperibus, justitia ejus manet in saeculum saeculi cornu ejus exaltabitur in gloria.
Peccator videbit, et irascetur dentibus suis, fremet et tabescet: desiderium peccatorum peribit.

Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord He hath great delight in his commandments
His seed shall be mighty upon earth the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house and his righteousness endureth forever
Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness: he is merciful, loving and righteous
A good man is merciful and lendeth and will guide his words with discretion
For he shall never be moved: and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
He will not be afraid of any evil tidings for his heart standeth fast and believeth in the Lord.
His heart is established, and will not shrink until he see his desire upon his enemies.
He hath dispersed abroad and given to the poor: and his righteousness remaineth forever;
his horn shall be exalted with honour
The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him, he shall gnash with his teeth and consume away the desire of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 112

Listen to the setting of Psalm 112 by Claudio Monteverdi from Selva Morale e spirituale (1640) here in a performance by the New Trinity Baroque Players:

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