2 Choral Pieces from the Song of Songs

Song Cycle by Elaine Fine (b. 1959)

Word count: 293

1. I am the rose of Sharon [sung text checked 1 time]

I am the rose of Sharon, 
a lily growing in the valley,
so is my darling among the maidens
like a lily among the thorns.

My beloved is my love
Like an apple tree in the forest
so is my beloved among boys

I delight to sit in his shade
and his fruit is sweet to my mouth.
He took me to the garden 
and gave me loving glances.

He refreshed me with raisins,
he revived me with apples;
for I was faint with love.

Hark! My beloved!
Here he comes, 
bounding over mountains,
leaping over hills.
There he stands outside our wall, 
peeping in the windows,
glancing through the lattice.

There he stands. 
My beloved said to me:1






















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1 [sic] in Fine's setting - marked attaca to go directly into the next movement.
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2. Arise my darling [sung text checked 1 time]

Arise my darling my fair one and come away
For now the winter's past 
and the rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear in the countryside
The time of pruning has come.
Arise, my fair one arise and come away
The song of the turtle dove is heard
The turtle dove's song is heard in our land.
Arise, my love.

The vines give forth their fragrance. 
I sleep but my heart is awake.
Listen my beloved's knocking.
For my head is drenched with dew,
my locks with the moisture of the night.

Open to me my darling my dearest.
Open to me my darling my perfect one.
Open to me my darling my true love.

My beloved has gone to the garden, 
to the beds where the balsam grows,
and to pick the lilies,
to delight in the garden.

I am my beloved's.
My beloved is mine.
He who delights in the lilies.
Arise my darling my fair one and come away.
The winter's past and the rains are gone.
Come, come away.

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