Quam pulchra es (Gaspar van Weerbeke)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-08)  CPDL #51739:     
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2018-11-08).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 469 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Gaspar van Weerbeke: Messe e mottetti, ed. Giampiero Tintori, Archivium musices metropolitanum mediolanense, vol. 11, Librone II, Milan, 1963. Time values here are half the original. Translation, text underlay, editorial accidentals and emendations by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers. 29 Aug 1999

General Information

Title: Quam pulchra es
Composer: Gaspar van Weerbeke

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: Song of Songs 7:4-12, paraphrased

External websites:

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quam púlchra es et quam decóra,
Caríssima, in delíciis túis.
Statúra túa assimiláta est pálmae,
Et úbera túa bótris:
Cáput túum ut Carmélus,
Cóllum túum sícut túrris ebúrnea.
Véni, dilécte mi,
Egrediámur in ágrum,
Et videámus
Si flóres frúctus parturiérunt,
Si floruérunt mála púnica:
Ibi dábo tíbi úbera méa.

English.png English translation

How beautiful you are, and how graceful,
Dearest, in your delights.
Your stature is like a palm tree,
And your breasts like grape clusters;
Your head is like Mount Carmel,
Your neck like a tower of ivory.
 Come, my beloved,
Let us go into the field,
And let us see
If the blossoms have brought forth fruit,
If the pomegranates have bloomed:
There I will give you my breasts.