Invenerunt me custodes civitatis, SWV 273 (Heinrich Schütz)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-13)  CPDL #36468:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2015-08-13).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Clefs modernised. Time signature changed from 4/2 to 2/2. Octave below treble clef used for alto. Source may be found at IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Invenerunt me custodes civitatis, SWV 273
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Source of text: Song of songs 3:3-4 (altered and with additions)

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicings: SA or ST
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: continuo and 3 low instruments, either bassoons or viols

First published: 1629 in Symphoniae sacrae I, Op. 6, no. 17
    2nd published: 1887 in Heinrich Schütz: Sämtliche Werke, Volume 5, no. 17
    3rd published: 1965 in Neue Schütz-Ausgabe, Volume 14, no. 7
Description: Second part of a 2-part motet, the first part being In lectulo per noctes.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Invenerunt me custodes civitatis.
Paululum cum pertransirem eos, inveni quem diligit animam meam.
Tenui nec dimittam illum.
Egredimini, filiae Hierusalem, et congratulamini mihi,
Cantate dilecto meo cum laetitia, cum jubilo, cum cythara.

English.png English translation

The city watchmen found me.
Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found him whom my soul loves.
I held him and let him go.
Go forth, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, and rejoice with me,
Sing with joy for my beloved, with jubilation, with the cythara.

Translation by James Gibb