Candido e verde fiore (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: Candido e verde fiore
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro sesto, no. 12

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Candido e verde fiore—
che di speranza e fede
tu pur m’imbianchi
e mi rinverdi il core
lasso—sì come chiaro in te
si vede il tuo color sincero,
scorgessi io sì
de la mia donna il vero.
O di mia speme allor goder potrei,
O di mia fede, ne' tormenti miei!

English.png English translation

White and green flower—
who with hope and faith
purify me as well
and rejuvenate my tired
heart—I wish that as plainly I see
in you your true colours,
as plainly I would see
the truth about my lady.
Then I could enjoy my hope
or my dedication, amidst my torments!

Translation by Campelli