Insanae et vanae curae (Joseph Haydn)

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  • CPDL #21060:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-02-21).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 166 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Keyboard arrangement largely follows Joseph Barnby's version. Revised files uploaded 25/3/16. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #05016:     
Editor: Bernard West (submitted 2003-05-09).   Score information: A4, 24 pages, 964 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Accompaniment arr. Joseph Barnby.

General Information

Title: Insanae et vanae curae
Composer: Joseph Haydn

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Organ

First published:

Description: This is apparently a reworking by Haydn of the chorus Svanisce in un momento from his oratorio Il ritorno di Tobia.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Insanae et vanae curae invadunt mentes nostras,
saepe furore replent corda, privata spe,
Quid prodest O mortalis conari pro mundanis,
si coelos negligas,
Sunt fausta tibi cuncta, si Deus est pro te.

English.png English translation

Vain and raging cares invade our minds,
Madness often fills the heart, robbed of hope,
O mortal man, what does it profit to endeavour at worldly things,
if you should neglect the heavens?
If God is for you, all things are favorable for you.