A nobil mensa (Giovanni Gastoldi)

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  • (Posted 2020-11-04)  CPDL #61196:         
Editor: Gerhard Weydt (submitted 2020-11-04).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 155 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A nobil mensa
Composer: Giovanni Gastoldi

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 Il secondo libro de madrigali a 5 voci
    2nd published: 1590 in Gemmae musicalis Liber Tertius, no. 38

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

A nobil mensa del celeste ardore,
che da due lumi amorosetti usciva
Sol io nodriv’il core
Che strett’in mille nodi
Più assai prigion che’n libertà gioiva.
E d’ogni mio dolore
e di mia prigionia ridev’Amore,
Ma se del mio duol gode almen mi faccia,
Suo prigionier fra l’amorose braccia.

German.png German translation

An der edlen Tafel des himmlischen Feuers,
das aus zwei lieblichen Lichtern austrat,
nur nährte ich das Herz,
das, eingezwängt durch tausend Knoten,
das Gefängnis mehr als die Freiheit genoss.
Und über all meinen Schmerz
und meine Gefangenschaft lachte Amor,
Aber wenn er sich an meinem Schmerz erfreut, so mache er
mich wenigstens zu seinem Gefangenen in liebenden Armen.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt
English.png English translation

At the noble table of the heavenly fire,
that issues from two lovely lights [the eyes],
did I only feed the heart
that, tied within thousand knots,
enjoyed its prison more than liberty.
And all my pains
and my captivity Amor laughed,
but if he enjoys my pains, he shall at least make me
a captive in loving arms.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt