Togli dolce ben mio (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-26)  CPDL #56798:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-01-26).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Togli dolce ben mio
Composer: Luca Marenzio

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1582 in Il terzo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 16

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Togli, dolce ben mio,
Questi bei fior con lieto e uman sembiante,
Che pien d'alto desio
Ti ho colto di mia man fra mille piante;
E per mia pura fede,
Donami un bacio in vece di mercede.

English.png English translation

Translation by Allen Garvin
Take, my sweet love,
these beautiful flowers with a cheerful and affable countenance,
that, full of deep desire,
I have picked for you, with my own hand, from a thousand plants;
And for my pure faith,
give me a kiss instead, in trade.