Mercè grido piangendo (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • CPDL #19675:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-06-23).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Gesualdo Madrigal Book 5, No. 11, 1613 edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16691:    IMSLP1.png (MIDI & Sibelius files)
Editor: Raúl Ferrero (submitted 2008-03-29).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: "Mercè!", grido piangendo
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First Published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quinto, no. 11.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

«Mercè!», grido piangendo,
ma chi m'ascolta?
Ahi lasso, io vengo meno.
Morrò dunque tacendo.
Deh, per pietade! Almeno,
o del mio cor tesoro,
potessi dirti pria
ch'io mora: «Io moro.»

Spanish.png Spanish translation

«¡Merced!» grito llorando,
más ¿quién me escucha?
¡Ay de mí! Estoy desfalleciendo.
Y muero pues callando.
Ay, por piedad! Al menos,
oh de mi corazón tesoro mío,
pudiera decirte antes de que
me muera: «Me muero.»

English.png English translation

"Mercy!" I cry, weeping.
But who hears me?
Alas, I faint.
I shall die, therefore, in silence.
Ah, for pity! At least,
oh treasure of my heart,
let me tell you before
I die, "I die!"

Translation by Mick Swithinbank

German.png German translation

«Gnade!», rufe ich weinend,
doch wer hört mich?
Ach ich Ärmster! Meine Kräfte schwinden mir
und schweigend sterbe ich.
Ach, Erbarmen! Wenn wenigstens,
o meines Herzens Schatze,
ich dir doch sagen könnt, bevor
ich sterbe: «Ich sterbe!»

Portuguese.png Portuguese translation

«Clemência!», grito chorando,
mas quem me escuta?
Ai de mim! Estou desfalecendo.
Morrerei, pois, calando-me.
Ah, por piedade! Ao menos,
ó tesouro do meu coração,
pudesse eu dizer-te antes
que eu morra: «Eu morro.»

Translation by Carlos Augusto Mourão

French.png French translation

«Grâce!» je crie en pleurant,
mais qui m'écoute ?
Hélas ! Je défaille.
Je meurs donc en me taisant.
Las, pitié! Au moins,
oh trésor de mon cœur,
pourrais-je te dire avant
de mourir: « Je meurs. »