Meister, wir wissen, dass du wahrhaftig bist, SWV 414 (Heinrich Schütz)

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  • (Posted 2015-10-10)   CPDL #37176:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2015-10-10).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 142 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Clefs modernised. Time signatures changed from 8/4 to 4/4 and 6/1 to 3/1 respectively. Musica ficta in source absorbed into staves. Other musica ficta are editorial. Source may be found at IMSLP. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: Meister, wir wissen, dass du wahrhaftig bist, SWV 414
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Source of text: Matthew 22: 16-21

Number of voices: 9vv   Voicing: SATB.SSATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: 2 treble instruments and bassoon with bc

First Published: 1650 in Symphoniae sacrae III, Op. 12, no. 17.

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

16b  Meister, wir wissen, dass du wahrhaftig bist und lehrest den Weg Gottes recht und du fragest nach niemand; denn du achtest nicht das Ansehen der Menschen.
17  Darum sage uns, was dünket dich: Ist es recht, dass man dem Kaiser den Zinse gebe,
oder nicht?
18  Da nun Jesus merkete ihre Schalkheit, sprach er: Ihr Heuchler, was versucht ihr mich?
19  Weiset mir die Zinse-Münze. Und sie reichten ihm einen Groschen dar.
20  Dar sprach er zu ihnen: Wess ist das Bilde und die Überschrift?
21  Sie sprachen zu ihm: Des Kaisers. Da sprach er zu ihnen: So gebet dem Kaiser, was des Kaisers ist, und Gotte, was Gottes ist!

English.png English translation

16b  Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
17  Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar,
or not?
18  But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
19  Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
20  And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21  They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

(KJV)