Orfeo Vecchi
(c.1550 - 1604)

Nigra sum sed formosa
(S.T.T.B.)
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Marian motet from Motectorum quatuor vocibus, Milan, 1603.
Lyrics: Song of Solomon 1:4

Nigra sum sed formosa filiae Hierusalem,
ideo dilexit me rex, et introduxit me in cubiculum suum.

I am black but comely, O daughters of Jerusalem,
therefore have I pleased the Lord, and he hath brought me into his chamber.