Eran le vostre lagrime (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2016-04-17)   CPDL #39359:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2016-04-17).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 365 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a fourth from G-mixolydian. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: Eran le vostre lagrime
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
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Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSTTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1585, De floridi virtuosi d'Italia il secondo libro, 5vv Venice

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Eran le vostre lagrime nel viso,
Donna quel dì à vederle,
Qual' in vermiglio vel candide perle,
Et io gridava ahi occhi che farete,
Se con l'humor m'ardete,
Quando fra'l pianto lampeggiando un riso,
Noi, Noi disser in un luoco,
Habbiamo l'acque'el fuoco,
Ma col fuoco immerghiamo,
E con l'acqua abbruggiamo
Perche abbagli l'amante e si confunda,
Fra la fiamme e fra l'onda,
Ne fia forza mortal che si difenda,
Ove il fuoco sommerg'e l'acque incenda.

English.png English translation

That day, my lady, the tears on your face
were like white pearls on a scarlet veil,
and I cried out: ‘Alas, what are you doing, you eyes?
Would you burn me with your moisture?’
Then, as her weeping was shot through with a sudden smile,
her eyes replied: ‘In a single place we hold both water and fire,
but with our fire we inundate and with our water we scorch,
to confuse the lover between the flames and the flood,
so that no mortal strength may suffice for him to defend himself
where the fire submerges and the waters burn.’
Translation by Mick Swithinbank