My Roman Curia wall calendar indicates that today, 16 December, is the feast of King David, considered to be a saint. I think, however, that the calender is wrong.
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.
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!
Speaking of sinners and saints, I am reminded of something that Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on the Feast of All Saints:
“The Saints are not supermen, nor were they born perfect. They are like us, like each one of us. They are people who, before reaching the glory of heaven, lived normal lives with joys and sorrows, struggles and hopes. What changed their lives? When they recognized God’s love, they followed it with all their heart without reserve or hypocrisy. They spent their lives serving others, they endured suffering and adversity without hatred and responded to evil with good, spreading joy and peace. This is the life of a Saint. Saints are people who for love of God did not put conditions on him in their life; they were not hypocrites; they spent their lives at the service of others. They suffered much adversity but without hate. The Saints never hated. Understand this well: love is of God, then from whom does hatred come? Hatred does not come from God but from the devil! And the Saints removed themselves from the devil; the Saints are men and women who have joy in their hearts and they spread it to others. Never hate but serve others, the most needy; pray and live in joy. This is the way of holiness! Being holy is not a privilege for the few, as if someone had a large inheritance; in Baptism we all have an inheritance to be able to become saints. Holiness is a vocation for everyone. Thus we are all called to walk on the path of holiness, and this path has a name and a face: the face of Jesus Christ.”
A reader send this video. Cool!
And then there is this. A sweet sound. One wonder how they might have accompanied chanting of the praises of God.
And this guy plays with two bows!