Nigra sum sed formosa (Leone Leoni)
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Title: Nigra sum sed formosa
Composer: Leone Leoni
Description: One of a collection of settings from the Song of Solomon from Promptuarii musici (vol. 3), 1613.
Original text and translations
Nigra sum sed formosa filiae Hierusalem,
ideo dilexit me rex, et introduxit me in cubiculum suum,
et dixit mihi: Surge, surge amica mea et veni,
ostende mihi faciem tuam, sonet vox tua in auribus meis,
vox enim tua dulcis, et facies tua decora.
I am black but comely, O daughters of Jerusalem,
therefore have I pleased the Lord, and he hath brought me into his chamber,
and hath said unto me: Arise my love, my fair one, and come away,
let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice,
for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance comely.