Carl Orff’s Tempus es Iocundum and Dulcissime

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Music, Theosophy

Dulcissime

Dulcissime, Sweetest one! Ah!
totam tibi subdo me! I give myself to you totally!

tempus est iocundum
This is a joyful time

Tempus es iocundum, This is the joyful time,
o virgines, O maidens,
modo congaudete rejoice with them,
vos iuvenes. young men!
   (Baritone)
Oh, oh, oh, Oh! Oh! Oh!
totus floreo, I am bursting out all over!
iam amore virginali I am burning all over with first love!
totus ardeo, novus, novus amor est,
quo pereo.
New, new love is what I am dying of!
   (Women)
Mea me confortat I am heartened
promissio, by my promise,
mea me deportat I am downcast by my refusal
   (Soprano and boys)
Oh, oh, oh Oh! Oh! Oh!
totus floreo I am bursting out all over!
iam amore virginali I am burning all over with first love!
totus ardeo, novus, novus amor est,
quo pereo.
New, new love is what I am dying of!
   (Men)
Tempore brumali In the winter
vir patiens, man is patient,
animo vernali the breath of spring
lasciviens. makes him lust.
   (Baritone)
Oh, oh, oh, Oh! Oh! Oh!
totus floreo, I am bursting out all over!
iam amore virginali I am burning all over with first love!
totus ardeo, novus, novus amor est,
quo pereo.
New, new love is what I am dying of!
   (Women)
Mea mecum ludit My virginity
virginitas, makes me frisky,
mea me detrudit my simplicity
simplicitas. holds me back.
   (Soprano and Boys)
Oh, oh, oh, Oh! Oh! Oh!
totus floreo, I am bursting out all over!
iam amore virginali I am burning all over with first love!
totus ardeo, novus, novus amor est,
quo pereo.
New, new love is what I am dying of!
   (Chorus)
Veni, domicella, Come, my mistress,
cum gaudio, with joy,
veni, veni, pulchra, come, come, my pretty,
iam pereo. I am dying!
   (Baritone, Boys and Chorus)
Oh, oh, oh, Oh! Oh! Oh!
totus floreo, I am bursting out all over!
iam amore virginali I am burning all over with first love!
totus ardeo, novus, novus amor est,
quo pereo.
New, new love is what I am dying of!

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