Quae est ista tam formosa (Francisco Guerrero)

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  • (Posted 2004-11-30)  CPDL #08618:  Network.png
Editor: Nancho Alvarez (submitted 2004-11-30).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 129 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: individual parts available as midi files. also available as Postscript file.

General Information

Title: Quae est ista
Composer: Francisco Guerrero

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

quae est ista tam formosa,
quae ascendit per desertum quasi aurora consurgens,
pulchra ut luna,electa ut sol,
Surge propera, amica mea, formosa mea, immaculata mea,
vulnerasti cor meum, soror mea, sponsa,
in uno oculorum tuorum
et in uno crine colli tui.

English.png English translation

Who is this so fair,
who comes out of the desert like the rising dawn,
beautiful as the moon, brilliant as the sun ?
Rise up, my love, my fair one, my perfect one:
thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my bride.
with one of thine eyes,
with one hair of thy neck.