Ego dormio, et cor meum vigilat, SWV 63 (Heinrich Schütz)
- CPDL #17407: Finale 2006
- Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2008-06-30). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 176 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: File Sizes: MIDI: 18 KB, Finale 2006: 53 KB.
- Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2002-07-04). Score information: A4, 10 pages, 176 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Title: Ego Dormio, et cor meum vigilat
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Description: This is Part 1 of 2 parts: 2nd part is Vulnerasti cor meum
Original text and translations
5:2 Ego dormio et cor meum vigilat.
4:9 Vulnerasti cor meum, filia carissima,
Translation and notes supplied by Paul Pascal, Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Washington
5:2 I sleep, and my heart is awake. Open to me, my sister, my dove, my immaculate one, for my head is filled with dew, and my hair with the drippings of the night.
4:9 You have ravished my heart, dearest daughter, with one of your eyes, with one curl on your neck.
The CPDL text consists of rearranged and somewhat altered excerpts from the Latin Vulgate: Canticum Canticorum (Song of Songs, AKA Song of Solomon), 4.9 and 5.2. The two parts are not presented in their original Biblical sequence; first we hear parts of Canticum 5.2, and following that, of 4.9. Furthermore, the two parts consist of lines that are not contiguous in the Biblical source, but rather are separated by eight intervening verses.
One notable deviation of the CPDL text from the Vulgate and the King James Version is the omission of the important phrase, "Vox dilecti mei pulsantis," which means "The voice of my beloved knocking."
The most substantial as well as puzzling alteration of the biblical text in the CPDL version occurs where the provocative phrase "soror mea, sponsa" of the Vulgate source ("my sister, my spouse" in the King James version) becomes simply "filia carissima" in the CPDL version. "Filia", of course, means daughter.
Vulgate (for comparison):
5:2 Ego dormio, et cor meum vigilat. Vox dilecti mei pulsantis:
4:9 Vulnerasti cor meum, soror mea, sponsa; vulnerasti cor meum
King James version (for comparison):
5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.
4:9 Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.
Übersetzung: Peter Rottländer
5:2 Ich schlafe, aber mein Herz liegt wach. Öffne mir, meine Schwester, meine Taube, meine Makellose, denn mein Haupt ist voll Tau und meine Locken voller Tropfen der Nacht.
4:9 Du hast mein Herz verwundet, teuerstes Mädchen, mit einem Blick deiner Augen und mit einem Haar in deinem Nacken.