Quam pulchra es (Johannes Lupi)

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Editor: Richard Mix (submitted 2017-09-23).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Quam pulchra es
Composer: Johannes Lupi
Lyricist: Song of Songscreate page

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1542 in Musicae cantiones liber tertius (Attaingnant), no. 13, p. 16

Description: Dominique Phinot wrote a parody mass on this motet, whose text is an antiphon for the Holy Name of the BVM

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quam pulchra es et quam decora,
charissima, in deliciis!
Statura tua adsimilata est palme
et ubera tua botris.
Caput tuum ut carmelus,
collum tuum sicut turris eburnea.

Veni dilecta mea,
egrediamur in ortum
vidiamus si floruerunt mala punica.
Ibi dabo tibi ubera mea. Amen.
Song of Songs 7:6-7,5,4,11-12

English.png English translation

How beautiful art thou, and how comely
my dearest, in delights!
Thy stature is like to a palme-tree,
and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.
Thy head as Carmelus,
Thy neck as a towre of yvorie.

Come my beloved,
let us goe forth into the [garden],
Let us see if the pomegranates flourish;
there wil I give thee my brests. (Douay ver., 1610)