Spem in Alium (Latin: hope in any other) composed by Thomas Tallis circa 1570. Designed for 40 singers, but The King’s Singers combined their voices to sound something that, in my opinion, is just as powerful…
Spem in alium nunquam habui praeter in te
et propitius eris
et omnia peccata hominum in tribulatione dimittis
Creator coeli et terrae
respice humilitatem nostram
I have never put my hope in any other but in you
God of Israel
who will be angry
and yet become again gracious
and who forgives all the sins of suffering humanity.
Creator of Heaven and Earth
look upon our lowliness.
Listen to the louder track recording that I found on Spotify here.