Nicola Parma
(c.1565 - ?1613)

Quae est ista
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Motet for the Feast of the Assumption from Promptuarii musici (vol. 3), 1613.
Lyrics: Anon

Quae est ista quae processit sicut sol et formosa tamquam Jerusalem,
viderunt eam filiae Sion et reginae laudaverunt eam?
Et sicut dies verni circumdabant eam flores rosarum et lilia convallium,
cuius inaestimabilis odor erat nimis in vestimentis eius.

Who is she that progressed like the sun, and was as beautiful as Jerusalem?
whom the daughters of Sion saw, whom queens praised?
As if on a day in Spring blooms of roses and lily of the valley surrounded her,
their incomparable fragrance suffusing her garments.