Osculetur me a 6 (Orazio Vecchi)

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  • (Posted 2016-03-26)  CPDL #39007:   
Editor: Lewis Jones (submitted 2016-03-26).   Score information: Unknown   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transcribed from facsimile of original print.

General Information

Title: Osculetur me a 6
Composer: Orazio Vecchi

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1590 in Motecta, no. 13

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Osculetur me osculo oris sui,
quia nigra sum sed formosa.
Nolite me considerare quod fusca sim,
quia decoloravit me sol, et ideo dixit mihi rex:
Ecce tu pulchra es amica mea,
et tu flos campi et lilium convalium.

English.png English translation

Let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth,
for I am black but comely.
Do not consider that I am brown,
because the sun hath altered my colour. And I said to the king:
Behold, thou art beautiful my love,
and thou art a flower of the field, and a lily of the valley.

compilation from the Song of Solomon: 1:1,4a,5,14