O quam tu pulchra es, a 3 (Alessandro Grandi)

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Editor: Renato Calcaterra (submitted 2009-05-20).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 166 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O quam tu pulchra es a 3
Composer: Alessandro Grandi
Lyricist: Canticum Canticorum, Byblia sacra vulgata, IV (1, 9 11)

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1610 in Il primo libro de motetti, no. 7


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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O quam pulchra es, amica mea,
columba mea, speciosa mea!
Favus distillans labia tua sponsa
mel et lac sub lingua tua
et odor vestimentorum tuorum sicut odor turis.
Vulnerasti cor meum, soror mea, sponsa,
vulnerasti cor meum in uno oculorum tuorum
et in uno crine colli tui.
Surge amica mea, columba mea,
formosa mea, immaculata mea.

English.png English translation

How beautiful you are, my lover,
my dove, my gorgeous!
Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride,
milk and honey are under your tongue,
the fragrance of your garments is like that of Lebanon.
You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;
you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.
Rise, my lover, my dove,
my beauty, my immaculate one.

Translation by Campelli