Gallus Dressler
(1533 - 1585)

Ecce quam bonum a 8
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One of three settings of this psalm (two Latin, one German) published in XC Cantiones, Magdeburg, 1570.
Lyrics: Psalm 133

Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum, habitare fratres in unum.
Sicut oleum preciosum super caput, quod descendit in barbam, barbam Aaron, qui descendit in oram vestimenti ejus;
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.