Anima mea liquefacta est, SWV 263 (Heinrich Schütz)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-05)  CPDL #36403:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2015-08-05).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Clefs modernised. Time signature changed from 4/2 to 2/2. Source may be found at IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Anima mea liqufacta est, SWV 263
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Source of text: Song of songs 5:6, 2:14 & 5:13

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: TT
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Mixed ensemble 2 high woodwind and continuo

First published: 1629 in Symphoniae sacrae I, Op. 6, no. 7
    2nd published: 1887 in Heinrich Schütz: Sämtliche Werke, Volume 5, no. 7
    3rd published: 1957 in Neue Schütz-Ausgabe, Volume 13, no. 7
Description: First part of a 2-part motet, the second being Adjuro vos, filiae Jerusalem.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Anima mea liquefacta est, ut dilectus locutus est,
Vox enim eius dulcis, et facies eius decora.
Labia eius lilia stillantia myrrham primam.

English.png English translation

My soul melted when my beloved spoke;
For his voice is sweet, and his face is lovely.
His lips are lilies dripping liquid myrrh.

Translation by Pamela Dellal © courtesy Emmanuel Music, Boston, MA USA