Claude Le Jeune
(c.1529 - 1600)

Philomena prævia
(S.S.A.T.T.B. (or A.A.T.T.B.B.))
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From Meslanges de la musique de Claude Le Jeune, Paris, 1607. This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for S.S.A.T.T.B. or transposed down a fourth for A.A.T.T.B.B.
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Philomena prævia temporis amœni,
Quæ recessum nuntias imbris atque cæni.
Dum demulces animas tuo cantu leni,
Avis prædulcissima ad me quæso veni.

Veni, veni, dulcis amica,
Veni, noctis solatia præstans,
Inter enim volucres nulla tibi similis.

O nightingale, harbinger of temperate times,
That foretells the retreat of rainstorms and mirk
Whilst you soothe the spirit with your sweet warbling;
Prithee come to me, thou sweetest bird.

Come, O come, sweet friend,
Come, supreme night-time comforter;
You are unique amongst birds.