My Beloved Spake


Click to hear, My Beloved Spake, by Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656), performed by Matthew White and friends. 

"My beloved spake and said unto me:  Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.  For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard on our land.  The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vine with their tender grapes, give a sweet smell.  Arise my love, my fair one, and come away. (Song of Solomon 1)