Holy Church considers many Old Testament figures to be saints.
The other day I posted about the Roman Curia’s wall calendar getting wrong the date of the commemoration of King David, considered to be a saint.
Today when you open your trusty copy of the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum you will find, just below the St. Thomas Becket, this interesting entry:
2. Commemoratio sancti David, regis et prophetae, qu, filius Iesse Bethlehemitae, gratiam invenit ante Deum et oleo sancto a Samuele propheta unctus est, ut populum Israel regeret; in civitatem Ierusalem Arcam foederis Domini transtulit ac Dominus ipse mox ei iuravit semen eius in aeternum mansurum esse, eo quod ex ipso Iesus Christus secundum carnem nasciturus esset.
I am sure some of you readers can come up with your renderings of the Latin original, either in a smoother version or perhaps in a slavishly literal way.
Changing tracks slightly, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (I have posted about this before), there is a fine painting of King David, part of a series with other Old Testament figures.
These are elements from an altar piece by Florentine painter Lorenzo Monaco (known also as Piero di Giovanni +1422).
Moses is at the top left. Next to him is Abraham. Below him on the bottom right is Noah with his ark.
David is on the bottom left, holding a psaltery.
When you get the audio guide at the Met and listen to experts talk about the works, sometimes you get a sample of period music. In this case, you get to hear some music played on a psaltery.
I dug around a bit and found some psaltery music on Youtube and elsewhere.
You can hear in this file a sample of bowed psaltery (also psaltry) together with a small harp, also appropriate to David, as well as plucked psaltery in two versions of a Medieval Lament for Tristan.
Listen as you do your translation!
When you go to the Met, you will surely have the chance to see these four paintings. They are in the same room as the Madonna and Child by Duccio di Buoninsegna, a must see.