Felice schiera (Giovan Nasco)

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Editor: Gerhard Weydt (submitted 2022-07-27).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 136 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Felice schiera
Composer: Giovan Nasco
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTBB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1557 Le canzon et madrigali a sei voci (Giovan Nasco), no. 1

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Felice schiera di bei spirti eletti,
A gran danno del tempo hoggi raccolta,
Ben si convien per voi ch’el mond’aspetti
Che la palma al nemico homai fia tolta,
Et che l’invidia con sommessi effetti
Ceda et si rend’a voi più d’una volta,
Poi che lo scudo di costantia havete,
Et sol con l’armi di virtù vincete.

German.png German translation

Glückliche Schar schöner erlesener Geister,
leider, leider heute vereint,
wohl geziemt es euch, dass die Welt erwartet,
dass die Hand dem Feind nun gereicht werde,
und dass der Neid mit untertänigem Gehorsam
zurückweiche und sich euch mehrfach ergebe,
da ihr den Schutz der Standfestigkeit habt
und nur mit den Waffen der Tugend siegt.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt
English.png English translation

Happy band of fair elected spirits,
unfortunately united today,
it seems appropriate that the world aspects
that the palm should be stretched out to the enemy,
and that the envy should submissively
recede and surrender to you more than once,
for you have the protection of constancy,
and only by the arms of virtue you conquer.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt