Raphaella Aleotti
(c.1570 - c.1646)

Vidi speciosam
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Edition prepared from Sacræ Cantiones (book 1), Venice, 1593.
Lyrics: Anon

Vidi speciosam sicut columbam ascendentem desuper rivos aquarum:
cuius inestimabilis odor erat nimis in vestimentis eius.
Et sicut dies verni, flores rosarum circumdabant eam, et lilia convallium.

I saw the fair one rising like a dove above the streams of water:
whose priceless fragrance clung to her garments.
And as on a spring day, she was surrounded by roses and lily-of-the-valley.