Occhi de' miei desiri (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2023-05-25)  CPDL #73898:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-05-25).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2017-10-17)  CPDL #46834:         
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-10-17).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 365 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Occhi de' miei desiri
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. 18
Description: Capitolo, Nona 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

Occhi de' miei desiri e d'amor nidi,
vorrei chiedervi in don qualche mercede
pria che l'aura mi tolga i cari lidi.

Ma'l vostro duro orgoglio, che non crede
l'ardor che tanto in picciol tempo crebbe,
ch'osi sperar mercè non mi dà fede.

English.png English translation

Eyes of my desires, where Love dwells,
I would request of you some recompense as a favor
before the breeze blows me from these dear shores.

But your harsh pride, which does not believe
in the passion that swiftly grew,
dares to hope for mercy that I fear will not be given.

Translation by Allen Garvin