Care lagrime mie (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2017-06-19)   CPDL #45030:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-06-19).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 210 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Care lagrime mie
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Angelo Grillo

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSAAB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in L'ottavo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 12

Description: Possibly composed for the Concerto delle Donne; hence SSAAB voicing.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Care lagrime mie,
Messi dolenti di mie pene rie,
Poiché voi non potete
Far molle, ohime! quel core
Che non haver pietà del mio dolore,
Almen per cortesia
Ammorzate l'accesa fiamma mia,
O pur crescete tanto
Ch'io mi sommerga nel mio stesso pianto.

English.png English translation

My dear tears,
messengers of my hard pains,
alas, since you can't soften the heart
that has no pity for my sorrow,
then be so kind as to extinguish
my burning fire or
rise so much that I may drown
into my own weeping.

Translation by Campelli