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Set of four part-books containing Latin Motets. Contratenor part, c 1600

MS. Tenbury 343

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One of four surviving part-books in a set (MSS. Tenbury 341-344). The Bassus book is missing from the set and the Quinta and Sexta Parts are bound together. The first four motets included in MSS. Tenbury 342-344 belong to a separate collection and are not present in the Superius part-book. The original pagination of all the four books begins with motet 'Emendemus' and ends with 'Decantabat'. Further motets are in MS. Tenbury 342 alone. Copied by a single scribe employed by Edward Paston of Norfolk.

  1. (fol. 1) Tristis est anima. Orlando di Lasso [Lassus]
  2. (fol. 1v) Benedixisti Domine (pars 1). Jacob Meiland
  3. (fol. 2) Converte nos (pars 2). Jacob Meiland
  4. (fol. 2v) Ave Regina. Orlando di Lasso [Lassus]
  5. (fol. 3v) Emendemus. W. Byrd
  6. (fol. 4) Deus venerunt gentes (pars 1). W. Byrd
  7. (fol. 4) Posuerunt morticinia (pars 2). W. Byrd
  8. (fol. 4v) Effuderunt sanguinem (pars 3). W. Byrd
  9. (fol. 5) Facti sumus opprobrium (pars 4). W. Byrd
  10. (fol. 5v) Miserere mei Deus. W. Byrd
  11. (fol. 6) Circumdederunt me. W. Byrd
  12. (fol. 7) Memento Domine. W. Byrd
  13. (fol. 7v) Domine prestolamur (pars 1). W. Byrd
  14. (fol. 8) Veni Domine (pars 2). W. Byrd
  15. (fol. 8v) Tristitia et anxietas (pars 1). W. Byrd
  16. (fol. 9) Sed tu Domine (pars 2). W. Byrd
  17. (fol. 9v) Aspice Domine (pars 1). W. Byrd
  18. (fol. 10) Respice Domine (pars 2). W. Byrd
  19. (fol. 10v) Petrus beatus (pars 1). W. Byrd
  20. (fol. 10v) Quodcunque vinclis (pars 2). W. Byrd
  21. (fol. 11) Gloria Deo (pars 3). W. Byrd
  22. (fol. 11v) Apparebit in finem. W. Byrd
  23. (fol. 12) Domine tu jurasti. W. Byrd
  24. (fol. 12v) In resurrexione. W. Byrd
  25. (fol. 12v) Vigilate nescitis enim. W. Byrd
  26. (fol. 13v) Audivi vocem. W. Byrd
  27. (fol. 14) Vide Domine (pars 1). W. Byrd
  28. (fol. 14v) Sed veni Domine (pars 2). W. Byrd
  29. (fol. 15) Haec dicit Dominus vox (pars 1). W. Byrd
  30. (fol. 15v) Haec dicit Dominus quiescat (pars 2). W. Byrd
  31. (fol. 16) Domine secundum multitudinem. W. Byrd
  32. (fol. 16v) Laudate Dominum. T. Tallis
  33. (fol. 17) Fac cum servo. W. Byrd
  34. (fol. 17v) O quam gloriosum (pars 1). W. Byrd
  35. (fol. 18) Benedictio et claritas (pars 2). W. Byrd
  36. (fol. 18v) Tribulationes civitatum (pars 1). W. Byrd
  37. (fol. 18v) Timor et hebetudo (pars 2). W. Byrd
  38. (fol. 19) Nos enim pro peccatis (pars 3). W. Byrd
  39. (fol. 19v) Ne irascaris (pars 1). W. Byrd
  40. (fol. 20) Civitas sancti tui (pars 2). W. Byrd
  41. (fol. 20v) Domine quis habitabit? (pars 1). T. Tallis
  42. (fol. 21v) Ad nihilum (pars 2). T. Tallis
  43. (fol. 22) Derelinquit impius. T. Tallis
  44. (fol. 22v) Sabbathum Maria Magdalena (Dum transisset). T. Tallis
  45. (fol. 23) O salutaris hostia. T. Tallis
  46. (fol. 23v) Adesto nunc [Salvator mundi]. T. Tallis
  47. (fol. 24) Tu fabricator T. Tallis
  48. (fol. 24v) Tu libens votis. T. Tallis
  49. (fol. 24v) Solemnis urgebat dies. T. Tallis
  50. (fol. 25v) Hic nempe mundi. T. Tallis
  51. (fol. 26) Rex Christe. T. Tallis [really Anon.]
  52. (fol. 26v) Amavit eum Dominus. C. Tye [really Anon.]
  53. (fol. 27) Domine in virtute (pars 1). R. Johnson
  54. (fol. 27v) Magna gloria eius (pars 2). R. Johnson
  55. (fol. 28v) Incipit lamentatio. T. Tallis
  56. (fol. 29v) De lamentatione. T. Tallis
  57. (fol. 31) Heth. Peccatum peccavit. Robert White
  58. (fol. 33v) Miserere mei. R. White
  59. (fol. 36) Mater Christi. J. Taverner
  60. (fol. 36v) Dum transisset. Roose
  61. (fol. 37v) Salve intemerata. T. Tallis
  62. (fol. 39v) Magnificat. Et exultavit. R. Fairfax [Fayrfax]
  63. (fol. 40v) Sospitati dedit. J. Taverner
  64. (fol. 41v) Musica leta. A. Ferrabosco
  65. (fol. 41v) Draco iste quem (1 pars). A. Ferrabosco [title only]
  66. (fol. 42) Benedic anima (2 pars). A. Ferrabosco [title only]
  67. (fol. 42v) Qui emittis fontes. A. Ferrabosco [title only]
  68. (fol. 42v) Ingemuit Susanna. A. Ferrabosco
  69. (fol. 43v) Qui fundasti terram. A. Ferrabosco [title only]
  70. (fol. 43v) Mirabile misterium. A. Ferrabosco
  71. (fol. 44v) Cantate Domino (pars 1). A. Ferrabosco [title only]
  72. (fol. 45) Beneplacitum est (pars 2). A. Ferrabosco [title only]
  73. (fol. 46v) Peccantem me quotidie. A. Ferrabosco
  74. (fol. 47v) Heu mihi Domine. A. Ferrabosco
  75. (fol. 47v) De lamentatione. A. Ferrabosco
  76. (fol. 49v) Ad Dominum. A. Ferrabosco
  77. (fol. 50) Surge propera (pars 1). A. Ferrabosco
  78. (fol. 50v) Surge propera (pars 2). A. Ferrabosco
  79. (fol. 51) In die tribulationis (pars 1). A. Ferrabosco
  80. (fol. 51v) Quoniam magnus es (pars 2). A. Ferrabosco
  81. (fol. 52) Virgo per incertos. A. Ferrabosco
  82. (fol. 52v) Inclina Domine. A. Ferrabosco
  83. (fol. 52v) Benedicam Dominum (pars 1). A. Ferrabosco
  84. (fol. 53) Gustate et videte (pars 2). A. Ferrabosco
  85. (fol. 53v) Da pacem Domine. A. Ferrabosco
  86. (fol. 54) Incipit lamentatio A. Ferrabosco
  87. (fol. 55v) Salve Regina (pars 1). Jacob Vaet
  88. (fol. 55v) Et Jesum benedictum (pars 3). Jacob Vaet
  89. (fol. 56) Memento homo. W. Byrd
  90. (fol. 56v) Attollite portas. W. Byrd
  91. (fol. 57v) Fantazia [a6, II in G minor]. W. Byrd
  92. (fol. 58v) Infelix ego (pars 1). W. Byrd
  93. (fol. 59) Quid igitur (pars 2). W. Byrd
  94. (fol. 59v) Ad te igitur (pars 3). W. Byrd
  95. (fol. 60) Christ rising again (pars 1). W. Byrd
  96. (fol. 60v) Christ is risen (pars 2). W. Byrd
  97. (fol. 61) Arise O Lord (pars 1). W. Byrd
  98. (fol. 61v) Help us O God (pars 2). W. Byrd
  99. (fol. 61v) Ego flos campi. Clemens non Papa
  100. (fol. 62v) Qui tollis peccata (pars 1) [Missa Puer natus est nobis]. T. Tallis
  101. (fol. 63) Benedictus (pars 2) [Missa Puer natus est nobis]. T. Tallis
  102. (fol. 63v) Suscipe quaeso (pars 1). T. Tallis
  103. (fol. 63v) Si enim iniquitates (pars 2). T. Tallis
  104. (fol. 64) Et expecto [Missa Puer natus est nobis]. T. Tallis
  105. (fol. 64v) Decantabat populus. Orlando di Lasso [Lassus]


  • c 1600


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Tenbury 343

Custodial History

The books, in the original binding, are stamped with the name of Edward Paston and belonged in 1864 to the Hon. Frederick Lygon, 6th Earl Beauchamp, from whom they passed at that date to Sir Frederick Ouseley. In 1921 they were repaired at the British Museum and new backs supplied although the original covers were retained.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital images, a more detailed inventory and further information in DIAMM.


  • Philip Brett, ‘Edward Paston (1550-1630): a Norfolk gentleman and his musical collection’, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society , vol. 4, no. 1 (1964), pp. 51–69.


8 5/8 x 6 5/8 inches

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom