Quam pulchri sunt (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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Editor: Sabine Cassola (added 2008-06-20).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 76 kbytes   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SSATB Edition - File Sizes: PDF: 76 KB, MIDI: 8 KB, Finale 2006: 30 KB.
Editor: Brian Marble (added 2003-12-29).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 108 kbytes   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SATB Edition
Editor: Pothárn Imre (added 2001-05-11).   Score information: 88 kbytes   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SSATB Edition

General Information

Title: Quam pulchri sunt
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: Sacred, Motet

Language: Latin
Instruments: a cappella
Published: Palestrina Werke, vol. 4

Description: Number 25 of '"Canticum Canticorum" / Song of Songs / Songs of Solomon' - Chapter 7 - Verse 1 through 2.

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Original text and translations

Song of Solomon 7:1–2

Latin.png Latin text

Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui in calceamentis, filia principis!
Iuncturae femorum tuorum sicut monilia quae fabricata sunt manu artificis;
umbilicus tuus crater tornatilis, numquam indigens poculis.
Venter tuus sicut acervus tritici, vallatus liliis.

English.png English translation

How graceful are your feet in sandals, O prince's daughter!
The joints of your thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand.
Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine.
Your belly is a heap of wheat, encircled with lilies.