Vaga su spina ascosa (Claudio Monteverdi)

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Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2014-08-20).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 131 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Vaga su spina ascosa
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Gabriello Chiabrera

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

Published: 1619

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Vaga su spina ascosa
è rosa rugiadosa
ch’a l’alba si diletta
mossa da fresca auretta;
ma più vaga è la rosa
de la guancia amorosa
ch’oscura e discolora
le guance dell’Aurora.
Addio, Ninfe de’ fiori
e Ninfe de gli odori;
Primavera gentile,
statti pur con Aprile:
ché più vaga e più vera
mirasi Primavera
su quella fresca rosa
de la guancia amorosa
ch’oscura e discolora
le guance de l’Aurora.
 

English.png English translation

Gentle midst the hidden thorns
lies the dewy rose,
that buds at daybreak
stir red by a pure breeze;
but more gentle still is the rose
of the amorous cheek
which overshadows and outdoes
the cheeks of Dawn.
Farewell, Nymphs of the flowers
and Nymphs of their perfumes;
gentle Spring,
stay with April;
for Spring is seen
more lovely and true
in that fresh rose
of the amorous cheek
which overshadows and outdoes