Ahi lass' ogn' hor (Giaches de Wert)

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  • (Posted 2023-04-03)  CPDL #73333:        ((LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-04-03).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 69 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2017-07-02)  CPDL #45260:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-07-02).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 232 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ahi lass' ogn' hor
Composer: Giaches de Wert

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in L'undecimo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 13

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ahi lass' ogn' hor veggio io,
Ch'il bel Idolo mio,
Ad altra luce splende,
E la mia vita offende,
Onde per l'infinito e gran martire,
M'e forza di morire.

English.png English translation

Alas, every hour I lie awake in vigil,
for my beautiful Idol
shines upon another light,
and my life offends:
thus, due to my great and unending suffering,
I am forced to die.

Translation by Allen Garvin