Candido leggiadretto e caro guanto (Luca Marenzio)

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General Information

Title: Candido leggiadretto e caro guanto
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: a cappella
Published: Madrigali a 4 voci libro primo, 1585

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Candido leggiadretto et caro guanto,
che copria netto avorio et fresche rose,
chi vide al mondo mai sí dolci spoglie?

Cosí avess'io del bel velo altrettanto!
O incostantia de l'umane cose!
Pur questo è furto, et vien chi me ne spoglie.

English.png English translation

by A. S. Kline

White, graceful glove dear to me,
that hides polished ivory and fresh rose,
who ever saw such sweet spoils on earth?

If only I had as much of her lovely veil!
O the fickleness of human things!
But this is theft, and she comes whom I must not plunder.