Orlande de Lassus (±1530-1594): Veni in hortum meum

De Lassus’ five-part (SATTB) setting of the Song of Songs 5:1 evokes the exoticism and eroticism of its text ending with its exhortation that we "who are most dear to me" eat and drink and get drunk. De Lassus was sufficiently pleased with it to make it the basis of a Mass. Enjoy :-).


Orlande de Lassus (±1530-1594): Veni in hortum meum

Veni in hortum meum soror mea sponsa,
messui myrram meam cum aromatibus meis;
comedi favum meum cum melle meo;
bibi vinum meum cum lacte meo;
comedite, amici, et bibite,
et inebriamini, carissimi.

Song of Songs: 5:1

I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;
I have mixed my myrrh with my spices.
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey;
I have drunk my wine with my milk.
Eat, friends, and drink,
and be inebriated, you who are most dear to me.

Performers: Choir of Saint Johns College Cambridge, conducted by Andrew Nethsingha.

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