Dove, speranza mia, dove ora sei (Jacquet de Berchem)

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Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-08-01).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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Title: Dove, speranza mia, dove ora sei
Composer: Jacquet de Berchem
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1561

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Dove, speranza mia, dove ora sei?
vai tu soletta forse ancor errando?
o pur t’hanno trovata i lupi rei
senza la guardia del tuo fido Orlando?
e il fior ch’in ciel potea pormi fra i dei,
il fior ch’intatto io mi venia serbando
per non turbarti, ohimè! l’animo casto,
ohimè! per forza avranno colto e guasto.

English.png English translation

My hope, where are thou, where? In doleful wise
Dost thou, perchance, yet rove thy lonely round?
Art thou, indeed, to ravening wolf a prize,
Without thy faithful Roland's succour found?
And is the flower, which, with the deities,
Me, in mid heaven had placed, which, not to wound,
So reverent was my love, thy feelings chaste,
I kept untouched, alas! now plucked and waste?

Translation by William Rose (1775-1843)