Descendi in hortum meum (Giovanni Croce)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2020-10-03).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 325 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. This edition is offered at original pitch for SSATB or transposed down a fourth for AATTB

General Information

Title: Descendi in hortum meum
Composer: Giovanni Croce
Lyricist: Song of Solomon 6: 11,13create page

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in Sacrae cantiones quinis vocibus, no. 19

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Descendi in hortum meum,
ut viderem poma convallium,
et inspicerem si floruisset vinea
et germinassent mala punica.
Revertere, revertere, Sulamitis,
ut intueamur te.

English.png English translation

I went down into my garden
to see the fruits of the valley,
and to see whether the vine flourished
and the pomegranates budded.
Return, return, O Shulamite,
that we might look upon thee.