Da mihi Domine
Editor: Edited by Derek Harrison
for bass (E(C)-f'), two violins, three viols and organ continuo
The text consists of two responds for matins : “Da mihi Domine ….” and “Ne derelinquas me ….”. The first has similarities to verses 4,5 and 10 (which is the second verse of the respond) from the Book of Wisdom Chapter 9. The second has some similarities to verses 1 and 3 of Ecclesiasticus Chapter 23.
Text and translation
Da mihi domine sedium tuarum assistricem sapientiam et noli me reprobare a pueris tuis, quoniam servus tuus sum ego et filius ancillae tuae.
Mitte illam a sede magnitudinis tuae ut mecum sit et mecum laboret. Ne derelinquas me domine pater et dominator vitae meae ut non corruam in conspectu adversariorum meorum ne gaudeant de me inimici mei.
Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne, and cast me not off from among thy children: for I am thy servant, and the son of thy handmaid.
Send her out from the throne of thy majesty, that she may be with me, and may labour with me. Do not forsake me, O Lord & father and ruler of my life, that I may not be humbled in the sight of my adversaries nor that my enemies might triumph over me.