Veni, dilecte mi (Giovanni Francesco Ramella)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-09-23).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 161 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: Veni, dilecte me
Composer: Giovanni Francesco Ramella

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1613 in Promptuarium musicum, Pars Tertia, no. 114.

Lyrics: Song of Solomon ch.1 v. 1; ch.2 v. 5

Description: One of a collection of settings from the Song of Solomon.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Veni dilecte mi, te desiderat anima mea.
Ostende mihi faciem tuam, et sufficit quia amore langueo,
Veni ut osculeris me osculo oris tui, et abscondaris inter ubera mea.
Veni cito, veni dilecte mi, ad te suspiro et amore langueo,
Fulcite me floribus, quia deficio,
Stipate me malis, quia amore morior.

English.png English translation

Come my love, my soul longs for thee.
Shew me thy face, and it will suffice that I am sick with love,
Come to kiss me with the kisses of thy mouth, and hide between my breasts.
Come quickly my love, I yearn for you and am sick with love.
Stay me with flagons, for I weaken,
Comfort me with apples, for I will die of love.