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Love Verses from The Song of Solomon

Language: English

(Tenor solo)
To my company of horsemen in Pharaoh's chariots have I
likened thee, o my love. Thy cheeks are beautiful as the
turtle-dove's, thy neck as jewels.

We will make thee chains of gold inlaid with silver.

(Mezzosoprano solo)
While the king was at his repose, my spikenard sent forth the
odour thereof.

A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, he shall abide
between my breasts. A cluster of cypress my love is to me, in
the vineyards of Engaddi. Behold, thou art fair, o my love.
Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, and comely. Thy eyes are
those of doves. Our bed is flourishing. The beams of our
house are of cedar, our rafters of cypress trees.

(Mezzosoprano solo)
I am the flow'r of the field, and the lily of the valleys.

(Baritone solo)
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

(Mezzosoprano solo)
As the apple-tree among the trees of the woods, so is my
beloved among the sons.

I sat down under his shadow whom I desired: and his fruit
was sweet to my palate. He brought me into the cellar of
wine, he set in order charity in me.
Stay me up with flowers, compass me about with apples,
because I languish with love. His left hand is under my head
and his right hand shall embrace me.

(Chorus tenors)
I adjure you, o ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes and th
harts of the field, that you stir not up, nor make the beloved
to awake till she please.

Translation(s): FRE

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Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Versets amoureux d'après le Psaume de Salomon", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-08-25 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:20

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Versets amoureux d'après le Psaume de Salomon

Language: French (Français) after the English

(Ténor solo)
À ma compagnie de cavaliers dans les chars de Pharaon
je t'ai comparée, ô mon amour. Tes joues sont belles comme celles
de la tourterelle, ton cou comme des joyaux.

Nous te ferons des chaînes d'or incrustées d'argent.

(Mezzosoprano solo)
Tandis que le roi se reposait, mon nard envoyait
son parfum.

Une poignée de myrrhe est mon bien-aimé pour moi, il demeurera
entre mes seins. Un bouquet de cyprès mon amour est pour moi,
dans les vignes d'Engaddi. Regarde, tu es beau, ô mon amour.
Regarde, tu es beau, mon bien-aimé, et gracieux. Tes yeux sont
ceux des tourterelles. Notre lit est fertile. Les poutres de notre
maison sont en cèdre, nos chevrons de cyprès.

(Mezzosoprano solo)
Je suis la fleur du champ, et le lis de la vallée.

(Baryton solo)
Comme le lis au milieu des épines, ainsi est mon amour parmi les filles.

(Mezzosoprano solo)
Comme le pommier au milieu des arbres des bois, ainsi est mon
bien-aimé parmi les fils.

Je me suis assise sous l'ombre que je désirais : et son fruit
était doux à mon palais. Il m'amena dans la cave
à vin, il m'apprit la charité.
Ranime-moi avec des fleurs, entoure-moi de pommes,
parce que je meurs d'amour. Sa main gauche est sous ma tête
et sa droite m'étreindra.

(Chœur des ténors)
Je vous en conjure, ô filles de Jérusalem, par les chevreuils et les
cerfs du champ, ne vous agitez pas, ne réveillez pas ma bien-aimée
avant qu'elle ne le désire.

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