Quicumque vult (John Farmer)

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  • (Posted 2016-09-24)   CPDL #41210:        (Finale 2012)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2016-09-24).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Quicumque vult
Composer: John Farmer
Lyricist: Thomas Norton

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: STTB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1592 in The Whole Booke of Psalmes (Thomas Este), no. 9

Description: This tune from Genevan Psalter, 1561. Words by Thomas Norton, 1561.

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Original text and translations

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What man soever he be that salvation will obtain,
the Catholic belief he must before all thing retain,
which faith unless he holy keep and undefiledly,
without all doubt eternally, he shall be sure to die.

The Catholic beeleeve is this, that God wee worship one,
In Trinitie, and Trinitie in unitie alone.
So as we neighter doe confound, the persons of the three:
Nor yet the substance whole of done, in sinder parted bee.

One person of the Father is, another of the Sonne:
An other person proper of the holy Ghost alone.
Of Father, Sonne and holy Ghost, but one the Godhead is.
Like glory, coeternall eke the majestic likewise.

Such as the Father is, such is the Sonne in each degree:
As such also wee doe beeleeve, the holy Ghost to bee.
Uncreate is the Father, and uncreate is the Sonne:
The holy Ghost uncreate, so uncreate is each one.

Incomprehensible Father is, incomprehensible Sonne:
Incomprehensible also is, the holy Ghost of one.
The Father is eternall and the Sonne eternall so:
And in like sort eternall is thus holy Ghost also.

And yet though we beeleeve that each of these eternall bee
there but one eternall is, and not eternall three.
As be incomprehensible wee, he yet uncreate thee:
But one incomprehensible, one uncreat holf to bee.

Almightie so that Father is, the Sonne Almightie so,
And in like fort Almightie is, the holy Ghost also.
And albeit that every one, as these Almightie bee:
Yet ther but one Almightie is, and not Almightie three.

The FathervGod is, God the Sonne, God holy Ghost also:
Yet are there not three Gods in all, but one God and no more.
So like wise Lord the Father is, and Lord also the Sonne:
And Lord also the holy Ghost, yet are there not three Lords but one.

Far as wee are compeld ti graunt, by Christian veritie:
Each of the persons by himselfe, both God and man to bee.
So Catholic religion forbiddeth us allwaies:
That eighter Gog bee three, or that there Lords bee three to stay.