Surge propera amica mea (Nicolas de Wismes)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-13)  CPDL #59741:     
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2020-07-13).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 1.3 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor 3rd. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Surge propera amica mea
Composer: Nicolas de Wismes

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Liber octavus cantionum sacrarum, no. 4

External websites:

Original text and translations

Prima pars: from Song of Songs 2:10-12 (associated with the Visitation of the BVM). Original text and translations may be found at Surge, propera amica mea.
Secunda pars: Matins antiphon for the Nativity of the BVM.

Latin.png Latin text

Surge propera amica mea,
formosa mea, et veni,
iam enim hiems transiit,
imber abiit et recessit,
flores apparuerunt in terra,
tempus putationis advenit.

Ista est speciosa electa a Domino
cuius nativitatem celebramus
ipsa intercedat pro nobis
ad Dominum Deum nostrum.

English.png English translation

Arise, hasten, my love,
my fair one and come,
for now the winter has passed,
the rain has passed over and receded,
flowers have appeared in our land,
the time of pruning has arrived.

She is the beauty chosen by the Lord
whose birth we celebrate;
may she herself intercede for us
to the Lord our God.