Quae est ista (Nicolas Gombert)

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Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2020-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 796 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Nicolas Gombert: Collected Works, ed. Joseph Schmidt-Görg, CMM 6 V, 1961. Notation here is a fourth higher than the original with note values halved. Translation, text underlay and editorial accidentals by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 14 Nov 2020

General Information

Title: Quae est ista
Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Lyricist:

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Musica quatuor vocum liber primus, Edition 1, no. 13

Description: After Canticum Canticorum 6:9,3,8 and Ecclesiasticus 50:8

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quae est ísta,
quae procéssit sícut sol
et formósa támquam Jerúsalem:
vidérunt éam fíliae Síon,
et beátam dixérunt éam,
et regínae laudavérunt éam.

Et Sícut díes vérni
circumdábant éam
flóres rosárum
et lília conválium:
vidérunt éam fíliae Síon,
et beátam dixérunt éam,
et regínae laudavérunt éam.

English.png English translation

Who is that,
she who has come forth like the sun
and beautiful, just like Jerusalem.
The daughters of Zion saw her,
and declared her blessed,
and queens praised her.

And like a day in Spring
she was surrounded by
blossoms of roses
and lilies of the valley.
The daughters of Zion saw her,
and declared her blessed,
and queens praised her.