Quam pulchra es, amica mea (Hieronymus Praetorius)

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  • (Posted 2016-06-25)   CPDL #40164:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2016-06-25).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for SSAATTBB or transposed down a fourth for SSATTTBB.

General Information

Title: Quam pulchra es, amica mea
Composer: Hieronymus Praetorius
Lyricist: Song of Solomon, ch.7, v,6,11,12create page

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicings: SSAATTBB and SSATTTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1618

Description: A setting from the Song of Solomon published in Cantiones variae, Hamburg, 1618.


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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quam pulchra es, amica mea,
et quam decora formosa mea.
Veni dilecte mi, egrediamur in hortum.
Videamus si floruerunt mala punica:
Ibi dabo tibi ubera mea.
Quam pulchra es, amica mea,
Quia amore langueo.

English.png English translation

How beautiful art thou, my love,
And how comely is my fair one.
Come my beloved, let us go forth into the garden.
Let us see if the pomegranates bud forth:
There will I give thee my breasts.
How beautiful art thou, my love,
Since I languish with love.