Tota pulchra es (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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General Information

Title: Tota pulchra es
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. 9

Description: From 'Song of Songs / Songs of Solomon' - Chapter 4 - Verses 7 through 8.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Tota pulchra es, amica mea,
et macula non est in te;
veni de Libano,
veni, coronaberis de capite Amana,
de vertice Sanir et Hermon
de cubilius leonum,
de montibus pardorum.

English.png English translation

 Thou art all fair, O my love,
and there is not a spot in thee.
Come from Libanus,
come: thou shalt be crowned from the top of Amana,
from the top of Sanir and Hermon,
from the dens of the lions,
from the mountains of the leopards.

Dutch.png Dutch translation

[Hij:]
Alles is mooi aan jou, mijn vriendin,
er is geen vlekje aan je te bekennen.
Kom mee, weg uit de Libanon, mijn bruid;
[kom mee, weg uit de Libanon, kom mee,]
ik zal je een krans omhangen.
Kom omlaag van de top van de Amana,
van de top van de Sanir en de Hermon,
weg van de leeuwenholen
en de bergen waar panters zijn.

Translation by Anton Hendriks, Ben Terstegge & Hanneke Pot

Though they vary widely, other Original text and translations may be found at Tota pulchra es, amica mea.