In lectulo per noctes, SWV 272 (Heinrich Schütz)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-11)   CPDL #36460:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2015-08-11).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Clefs modernised. Time signature changed from 4/2 to 2/2. Octave below treble clef used for alto. Source may be found at IMSLP. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: In lectulo per noctes, SWV 272
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Source of text: Song of songs 3:1-2 (altered)

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicings: SA or ST
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: continuo and 3 low instruments, either bassoons or viols

First published: 1629 in Symphoniae sacrae I, Op. 6, no. 16
  2nd published: 1887 in Heinrich Schütz: Sämtliche Werke, Volume 5, no. 16
  3rd published: 1965 in Neue Schütz-Ausgabe, Volume 14, no. 6
Description: First part of a 2-part motet, the second part being Invenerunt me custodes civitatis.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

3:1  In lectulo [meo] per noctes, quaesivi quem diligit anima mea: nec respondit mihi.
3:2  Surgam et circuibo civitatem: per vicos et plateas quaeram quem diligit anima mea.

English.png English translation

3:1  By night in bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: and he answered me.
3:2  I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth.