I am come into my garden (John Arnold)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2013-11-25). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 64 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: The source is written for ATB with ATB clefs, but the current edition provides ATB and TTB versions.
Title: I am come into my garden
Composer: John Arnold
Lyrics: Song of Solomon, ch.5, v.1,2
Description: An anthem from the Song of Solomon in "West Gallery" style.
From Arnold's The Leicestershire Harmony, London 1759, "composed, in modern taste, for four voices, by an eminent master of the county of Leicester; and now first published for the use of country churches".
Original text and translations
I am come into my garden, my sister and my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice: I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey: I have drank my wine with my milk: eat, O friends: drink, yea drink abundantly, my beloved.
I sleep, but my heart it waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love and my dove: for my head is filled with the dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.