Sia vile agli altri, e da quel solo amata (Jacquet de Berchem)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-11)   CPDL #34247:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-11).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 91 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available at IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Sia vile agli altri, e da quel solo amata
Composer: Jacquet de Berchem
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1561 in Primo secondo et terzo libro del capriccio, no. 7

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Sia vile agli altri, e da quel solo amata
a cui di sé fece sì larga copia.
Ah, Fortuna crudel, Fortuna ingrata!
trionfan gli altri, e ne moro io d’inopia.
Dunque esser può che non mi sia più grata?
dunque io posso lasciar mia vita propia?
Ah, più tosto oggi manchino i dì miei,
ch’io viva più, s’amar non debbo lei!

English.png English translation

And be she cheap with all except the wight
On whom she did so large a boon bestow.
Ah! false and cruel Fortune! foul despite!
While others triumph, I am drown'd in woe.
And can it be that I such treasure slight?
And can I then my very life forego?
No! let me die; 'twere happiness above
A longer life, if I must cease to love.

Translation by William Stewart Rose