Io pensai dolce, e grato (Costanzo Porta)

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  • (Posted 2016-08-10)   CPDL #40703:          (Finale 2014)
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General Information

Title: Io pensai dolce, e grato
Composer: Costanzo Porta
Lyricist:

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1582 in Il Lauro secco (Vittorio Baldini), no. 3

Description: The notes' values and the accidentals are as in the original edition.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Io pensai dolce, e grato
Quel dispietato Alloro,
Che nacque già d'un cor crudel'e ingrato.
Sperai frutti maturi,
Da cui sempre li rende acerbi, e duri;
Nè stimai, che d'Amor le freccie d'oro
Là folgorassin, dove
Mai non saetta Giove.
(Ahi troppo grave errore)
Ma colpa mia non fù più, che d'Amore.