Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness (Thomas Tomkins)

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  • (Posted 2008-07-03)  CPDL #17441:        (Finale 2006)
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2008-07-03).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 163 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: File Sizes: MIDI: 20 KB, Finale 2006: 53 KB. Organ part transcribed for 4 Viol consort by Sabine Cassola.

General Information

Title: Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness
Composer: Thomas Tomkins
Source of lyrics: Song of Solomon: Chapter 3, Verse 6 through 8.

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: English
Instruments: Organ, originally. CPDL #17441 is scored for a 4 viol consort
. First published: 1668 in Musica Deo sacra, no. 9

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Original text and translations

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Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness
like pillars of smoke, perfum'd with myrrh and frankinsence
with all powders of the merchant.

Behold his bed which is Solomon's,
threescore valiant men are about it,
of the valiant of Israel.

They all hold swords being expert in war,
Ev'ry man hath his sword upon his thigh,
because of fear in the night.