Quam pulchra es (Noel Bauldeweyn)

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  • (Posted 2013-01-09)  CPDL #28008:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Jay Lane (submitted 2013-01-09).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down one step.

General Information

Title: Quam pulchra es
Composer: Noel Bauldeweyn

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1519 in Motetti de la corona, Volume 4, no. 15
Description: There is also a parody mass by Gombert on this motet.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Canticum Canticorum
7:6  Quam pulchra es et quam decora carissima in deliciis
7:7  Statura tua assimilata est palmæ, et ubera tua botris
7:5  caput tuum ut carmelus…
7:4  collum tuum sicut turris eburnea…
7:11  Veni dilecte mi; egrediamur in agrum…
7:12  …et videamus… si flores fructus parturiunt, si floruerunt mala punica. Ibi dabo tibi ubera mea.


English.png English translation

How beautiful and fair you are, my beloved,
most sweet in your delights.
Your stature is like a palm-tree,
and your breasts are like fruit.
Your head is like Mount Carmel
and your neck is like a tower of ivory.

Come, my beloved, let us go into the fields
and see if the blossoms have born fruit,
and if the pomegranates have flowered.
There will I give my breasts to you.