Deh poi ch'era ne' fati ch'i dovessi (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2016-01-17)   CPDL #38200:         
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2016-01-17).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note lengths halved. Transcribed from 1595 Gardano edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: Deh poi ch'era ne' fati ch'i dovessi
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1595 in Il settimo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 1.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

from Il Pastor Fido, Act 1, Scene 2, lines 51-56
Deh, poi ch'era ne' fati ch'io dovessi
amar la morte e non la vita mia,
vorrei morir almen, sì che la morte
da lei, che n'è cagion, gradita fosse,
né si sdegnasse a l'ultimo sospiro
di mostrarmi i begli occhi e dirmi: "Mori!".
 

English.png English translation


Yet, since it was fate that I should
love death, rather than life,
my wish is death, were at least death
pleasing to her who is its cause,
would she but deign at my last breath
to turn her fair gaze to me and bid me "Die!".

Translation by Campelli