Melchior Vulpius
(c.1570 - 1615)

Ecce quam bonum
(S.S.A.A.T.T.T.B.)
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From Selectissimarum cantionum sacrarum (part two), Jena, 1603.
Lyrics: Psalm 133

Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum, habitare fratres in unum!
Sicut oleum preciosum super caput, quod descendit in barbamAaron, quod descendit in oram vestimenti eius;
sicut ros Hermon, qui descendit in montem Sion.
Quoniam illic promisit Dominus benedictionem, et vitam usque in sæculum.

Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is: brethren, to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down unto the beard: even unto Aaron's beard, and went down to the skirts of his clothing.
Like as the dew of Hermon: which fell upon the hill of Sion.
For there the Lord promised his blessing: and life for evermore.