Sovra le lucid' acque (Orazio Vecchi)

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Editor: Christian Mondrup (submitted 2009-04-07).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 138 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Soura le lucid' acque
Composer: Orazio Vecchi

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1590 in Selva di varia ricreatione, no. 25

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Sovra le lucid'acque
Del mio tranquillo Mar
in alte note
De bianchi e dolci Cigni
Altri scherzando cantan' ad ogn' hora
Ama chi t'ama
Adora chi t'adora

Ond' ei par che risponda
Col dolce mormorio
Che fa la sua chiar' onda
Io t'amo e ador anch' io.

Et altri amorosetti
Con alternati detti
Cantano Mare o Mare
Quasi col canto voglion dimostrare
Che questo Mar sia'l porto
D'ogni dolce conforto.

English.png English translation

Over the clear waters
of my tranquil sea
the gentle white swans
sing shrilly;
others, frolicking, make this their constant song:
"Love the one who loves you,
adore the one who adores you."

It seems as if the sea replies
in the gentle murmur
of its clear waves:
"I love and adore you too."

And other diminutive lovers
take it in turns to sing:
"Sea, oh sea",
as if by their song they would let it be known
that this sea is the gateway
to every sweet comfort.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank