Il dolce sonno mi promise pace (Andrea Gabrieli)

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Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-13).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available at IMSLP.

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Title: Il dolce sonno mi promise pace
Composer: Andrea Gabrieli
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto from Orlando furioso, canto XXXIII ottava 63

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1575 in Il primo libro de madrigali à 3 voci (Gardano press, Venice)

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Original text and translations

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Italian.png Italian text

Il dolce sonno mi promise pace,
ma l’amaro veggiar mi torna in guerra:
il dolce sonno è ben stato fallace,
ma l’amaro veggiar, ohimè! non erra.
Se ’l vero annoia, e il falso sì mi piace,
non oda o vegga mai più vero in terra:
se ’l dormir mi dà gaudio, e il veggiar guai,
possa io dormir senza destarmi mai.

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English.png English translation

Sweet sleep with promised peace my soul did buoy,
But I to bitter warfare wake anew;
Sweet sleep but brought with it fallacious joy,
But — sure and bitter — waking ills ensue.
If falsehood so delight and truth annoy,
Never more may I see or hear what's true!
If sleeping brings me weal, and watching woe,
The pains of waking may I never know!

by William Stewart Rose (1775-1843)

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