Dammi pietosa morte (Luca Marenzio)

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Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-05-24).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2017-10-13)  CPDL #46743:         
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-10-13).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 255 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Dammi pietosa morte
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Luigi Tansillo

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in Il sesto libro de madrigali a sei voci, no. 13
Description: Capitolo, Quarta parte; All parts can be found at Il sesto libro de madrigali a sei voci (Luca Marenzio)

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Dammi, pietosa morte, a tempo aita,
se mi sia del mio ben la via precisa,
prima che parta il piè parta la vita.

Meglio è lasciando qui la carne uccisa,
rimanersi con voi questa alma intera,
che lontana da voi girsen divisa.

English.png English translation

Give me, merciful death, your timely aid,
if your precise path be the one to my beloved,
then before I step upon it, let my life depart.

Better it would be to leave my slain flesh here,
for this intact soul to remain with you,
than far from you to go away divided.

Translation by Allen Garvin