Lasso che mal accorto fui (Cipriano de Rore)

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  • CPDL #33163:       
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2014-10-18).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch (chiavi naturali) and note-values. Alto part is in tenor clef.

General Information

Title: Lasso che mal accorto fui
Composer: Cipriano de Rore
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1548 in Il terzo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 15.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Lasso, che mal accorto fui da prima
nel giorno ch'a ferir mi venne Amore,
ch'a passo a passo è poi fatto signore
de la mia vita, et posto in su la cima.

Io non credea per forza di sua lima
che punto di fermezza o di valore
mancasse mai ne l'indurato core;
ma cosí va, chi sopra 'l ver s'estima.

Canzoniere 65 (first 8 lines)

English.png English translation

Alas, how unprepared I was at first
that day when Love came to wound me,
and step by step made himself the lord
of my life, and took his place at the head.

I did not think that rasping power of his
could ever lessen by a jot the firmness
or the strength of my well-tempered heart:
but so it is when we overestimate the truth.

Translation by Anthony S. Kline ©