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Ardita Zanzaretta (Carlo Gesualdo)

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Editor: Vincent Carpentier (submitted 2003-07-21).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 436 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: revised May 28, 2004.

General Information

Title: Ardita Zanzaretta
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: Il Sesto Libro di Madrigali - 1613


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ardita zanzaretta
Morde colei che il mio cor strugge e tiene
In così crude pene;

Fugge poi, e rivola
In quel bel seno che il mio cor invola,

Indi la prende e stringe e le dà morte
Per sua felice sorte.

Ti morderò ancor io,
Dolce amato ben mio,

E se mi prendi e stringi, ahi, verrò meno
Provando in quel bel sen dolce veleno.

English.png English translation

Presumptuous gnat,
Bite her who breaks my heart and deeps it
In such cruel torment;

Then flee, but fly back again
Into that fair bosom that has stolen my heart

Then she catches it, squeezes it and gives it
Death at its happy fate.

I shall bite you too,
My sweet beloved.

And if you catch me, and squeeze me, ah, I shall expire
At the taste of this fair bosom's sweet poison.