Gombert - Quam pulchra es, The Hilliard Ensemble


Quam pulchra es

Quam pulcra es et quam decora,
carissima in deliciis.
Statura tua assimilata est palme,
et ubera tua botris,
caput tuum ut carmelus,
collum tuum sicut turris eburnea.

Veni dilecte mi; egrediamur in agrum
et videamus si flores fructus parturierunt,
si floruerunt mala punica.
Ibi dabo tibi ubera mea.

How beautiful and fair you are

How beautiful and fair you are, my beloved,
most sweet in your delights.
Your stature is like a palm-tree,
and your breasts are like fruit.
Your head is like Mount Carmel
and your neck is like a tower of ivory.

Come, my beloved, let us go into the fields
and see if the blossoms have borne fruit,
and if the pomegranates have flowered.
There will I give my breasts to you.

(Song of Solomon 7 vv. 4–6, 8, 11–12)