Vita soave e di dolcezza piena (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2017-06-10)   CPDL #44926:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-06-10).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 289 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Vita soave e di dolcezza piena
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Torquato Tasso

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in L'ottavo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 4

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Vita soave e di dolcezza piena,
Mentre a l'empia mia sorte et al Ciel piacque,
Che fai hor meco sconsolata e trista?
Tempo è ben di morir, se l'alma mia,
È già fatta d'altrui. Felice morte,
Se all' hor moria quando vivea sua fede!
Sua fede è morta, non è sciolta, ch'ella
Esser d'altrui non può, se non è mia
Mentre ch'io vivo. Ahi! già morir mi sento.
Cresci, dolor, e fà il pietoso e crudo,
Ufficio, ch'a far pront' era la mano,
E sciogli la sua fede e la mia vita.

English.png English translation

O life, sweet and full of delight
while it pleased my evil fate and Heaven,
why do you now make me hopeless and sad?
It is time to die, if my love
has already been made another’s. Happy death,
if I had died while his faith still lived!
His faith is dead, not changed, so that it
may not be another’s, if it is not mine
as long as I live. Ah, already I feel myself dying!
Grow, grief, and do the compassionate and cruel
deed, that my hand was ready to do,
and change his faith and my life.

Translation by Campelli