Song of Songs 2:10-13; 6:10,12; 7:10-12
10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?
12 Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.
10 I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.
11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages.
12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.
Canticum Canticorum I, composed by Ivan Moody (b. 1964) for the Hilliard Ensemble and premiered in 1987
Movements I, II, III: “Surge propera amica mea,” “Descendi in hortum meum,” and “Ego dilecti meo.”
Performed by Quire Cleveland