Venga quel bel Narciso (Giovanni Domenico da Nola)

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  • CPDL #07187:        (Finale 2000)
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2004-06-09).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Venga quel bel Narciso
Composer: Giovanni Domenico da Nola

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1570 in Il Primo Libro Delle Villanelle alla Napolitana…, RISM 1570/27, no. 24

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

1  Venga quel bel Narciso che nel fonte,
S'innamorò e mira v'una volta,
E fugga poi se puo con l'alma sciolta.
2  Venga quel Greco che destrusse Troia,
E Mira occhi tuoi sol una volta.
E fugga poi se puo con l'alma sciolta.
3  E veng' anchor' Orfeo con la sua lira,
E senta vi cantar sol una volta.
E fugga poi se puo con l'alma sciolta.
4  E non sol quest' m'anchora venga Giove,
E mira s'honorate treccie toi,
E torna sciolt' al Ciel se potrà poi.
 

English.png English translation

1  Let that handsome Narcissus come, who fell in love as he gazed into the pool:
let him but look upon you once,
then flee from you if he can.
2  Let that Greek come who destroyed Troy,
and look into your eyes but once,
then flee from you if he can.
3  Let Orpheus too come with his lyre,
and hear you speak but once,
then flee from you if he can.
4  And not just them: let Zeus come
and see your braided (?) tresses,
then flee from you if he can.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank