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Si ignoras te (De Rore)


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SourceMotetta….quinque vocum (Venice: Gardano, 1545)

Transposition: at original pitch.

Difficulty: hard

Length: 05:57 mins.

Editors/copyright: Deborah Roberts/Laurie Stras © 2003/2021.

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Organ reduction.

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Text and translation

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Si ignoras te, O pulchra inter mulieres,
egredere et abi post vestigia gregum tuorum,
et pasce haedos tuos iuxta tabernacula pastorum.

Tota pulchra es, amica mea, et macula non est in te,
Surge propera amica mea columba mea, formosa mea, et veni,
Ostende mihi faciem tuam.
Sonet vox tua in auribus meis:
vox enim tua dulcis, et facies tua decora decora.

If you do not know, o most beautiful among women,
go out and go after the flocks’ tracks,
and feed your kids next to the shepherds’ tents.
You are all beautiful, my love,
and the stain [spot] (of sin) is not in you.

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
O my dove, arise, let me see your countenance,
let me hear your voice;
for sweet is your voice, and your countenance is comely.