Candido leggiadretto e caro guanto (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2016-12-29)  CPDL #42440:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-12-29).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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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

First published: 1585 in Madrigali a quattro voci, libro primo, no. 5

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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, e vien chi me ne spoglie.

Canzoniere 199 (part)
English.png English translation

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.

Translation by Anthony S. Kline ©