Veni, veni dilecte mi (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-30)  CPDL #59421:        (LilyPond)
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General Information

Title: Veni, veni, dilecte mi
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584 in Canticum Canticorum, no. 29
Description: From 'Song of Songs / Songs of Solomon' - Chapter 7 - Verses 11 through 12.

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Original text and translations

Song of Solomon 7:11–12

Latin.png Latin text

Veni, dilecte mi, egrediamur in agrum, commoremur in villis,
mane surgamus ad vineas, videamus si floruit vinea,
si flores fructus parturiunt, si floruerunt mala punica:
ibi dabo tibi ubera mea.

English.png English translation

Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the fields, and lodge in the vilages;
let us go out early to the vineyards, and see whether the vines have budded,
whether the grape blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give you my breasts.

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Kom, mijn liefste,
laten we het veld in gaan,
laten we overnachten in de dorpen.
Dan trekken we ’s ochtends vroeg de wijngaarden in 
om te zien of de wijnstok al bloeit,
of er al knoppen aan de vruchtbomen komen
en of de granaatappelbomen al in bloei staan.

Dan zal ik je mijn liefde geven!

Translation by Anton Hendriks, Ben Terstegge & Hanneke Pot