Music & lyrics: Gregorio Alegri, adapted by Frank Peterson
From: Harem (2003).
Source of the lyrics: Víctor Piña, also with thanks to Mark Bliss.
The words are from Miserere mei, Deus ("Have mercy upon me, O Lord"; Psalm 50 or 51, depending on the counting in use) [see e.g. this page or this page; many more like this exist] and they mean:
Miserere was written by Gregorio Allegri (1574-1653) in about 1638. For some background information, see this page.
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