Guarda'l mio stato (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2014-04-14)  CPDL #31698: 
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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2014-04-14).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch (chiavi naturali) and note-values.

General Information

Title: Guarda'l mio stato
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Primo libro di madrigali a 5 voci, no. 2
Description: v. 6 of Canzoniere 214

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Guarda il mio stato a le vaghezze nuove
Ch'interrompendo di mia vita il corso
M'han fatto abitator d'ombroso bosco
Rendemi s'esser può libera e sciolta
L'errante mia consorte e fia tuo il pregio
se ancor teco la trovo in miglior parte.

Canzoniere 214
English.png English translation

Care for my being: guard it from these new
wanderings that, interrupting my life's path,
have made me a dweller in the shadowy wood:
render, if you can, my errant soul, free
and unfettered, and let yours be the prize
if I find it, at last, with You, in a better place.

Translation by Anthony S. Kline ©