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  • Writer's pictureFr. Scott Haynes

Lauda anima, Lassus

Orlande de Lassus (c. 1532-1594) was a Franco-Flemish composer of late Renaissance music. Along with Palestrina (of the Roman School), he is today considered to be the chief representative of the mature polyphonic style of the Franco-Flemish School, and he was the most famous and influential musician in Europe at the end of the 16th century. His setting of Psalm 145 (146), Lauda anima, is a glorious work of choral music that inspires the heart.

Latin Text

Lauda anima mea Dominum Lauda anima mea Dominum laudabo Dominum in vita mea psallam Deo meo quamdiu fuero nolite confidere in principibus In filiis hominum quibus non est salus Exibit spiritus eius et revertetur in terram suam in illa die peribunt omnes cogitationes eorum.

English Translation

Praise the Lord, O my soul, in my life I will praise the Lord: I will sing to my God as long as I shall be. Put not your trust in princes: in the children of men, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return into his earth: in that day all their thoughts shall perish.


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