Ma Dodech Midod (What is thy beloved more than another beloved) for Voice and Orchestra (From Song of Songs), Song, Op. 137 No. 15 (1940)

Note: Ma Dodech Midod is an Aria from the Oratorio Song of Songs, Op. 137.

Yaffa Yarkoni, Voice
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)
Marc Lavry, Conductor

Lyrics: Song of Songs

Duration: 2:26 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Transliteration:
Ma dodech midod,
Hayafa banashim?
Ma dodech midod,
Shekacha hisba’atanu.

Dodi tzach ve’adom
Dagul mirevava
Chiko mamtakim
Vechulo machmadim
Zeh dodi, vezeh re’ii
Bnot Yerushalayim, zeh dodi.

Ana halach dodech
Hayafa banashim
Ana pana dodech
Unvakshenu imach.

Lecha dodi
Netze hasade
Lecha dodi
Nalina bakfarim
Nashkima lakramim
Nir’e im parcha hagefen
Pitach hasmadar
Henetzu harimonim;
Sham eten et doday
Sham eten et doday lach.

Translation:
What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? What is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so adjure us?’
          (chapter 5, verses 9-10)

His mouth is most sweet; yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.’??
          (chapter chapter 5, verse 16)

Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? Whither hath thy beloved turned him, that we may seek him with thee?’
          (chapter 6, verse 1)

Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages.
Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see whether the vine hath budded, whether the vine-blossom be opened, and the pomegranates be in flower; there will I give thee my love.
          (chapter 7, verses 12-13)

          

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