Veni de Libano, veni, amica mea, SWV 266 (Heinrich Schütz)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-09)  CPDL #36436:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2015-08-09).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 101 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Clefs modernised. Time signature changed from 4/2 to 2/2. The source, which may be found at IMSLP, is very distorted on one page, so bars 22-23, 28-29 and 34-35 have been reconstructed from a Youtube recording.

General Information

Title: Veni de Libano, veni, amica mea, SWV 266
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Source of text: Song of Songs 4:7-8; 2:10

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: TB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: String ensemble 2 violins & continuo

First published: 1629 in Symphoniae sacrae I, Op. 6, no. 10
    2nd published: 1887 in Heinrich Schütz: Sämtliche Werke, Volume 5, no. 10
    3rd published: 1957 in Neue Schütz-Ausgabe, Volume 13, no. 10
Description: Second part of a 2-part motet, the first part being O quam pulchra es, amica mea.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Veni de Libano, veni amica mea, columba mea, formosa mea.
O quam tu pulchra es.
Veni, veni, coronaberis.
Surge, surge, propera, amica mea, soror mea, sponsa mea, immaculata mea et veni.
O quam tu pulchra es, amica mea, columba mea, formosa mea, immaculata mea.

English.png English translation

Come out of Lebanon, come, my love, my dove, my beautiful one.
Oh, how beautiful you are.
Come, come to be crowned.
Arise, arise, make haste, my love, my sister, my spouse, my perfect one, and come away.
Oh, how beautiful you are, my love, my dove, my beautiful one, my perfect one.

Translation by James Gibb