Ancide sol la morte (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: Ancide sol la morte
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro sesto, no. 15

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ancide sol la Morte,
e tu, mio core, che la vita sei,
uccider non mi puoi
col dolce colpo
de’ begli occhi tuoi.
Io, morendo per te, lieto morrei
se ferita mortale
uscir potesse
da beltà vitale.

English.png English translation

Only Death can kill,
and you, my heart, who are life,
cannot kill me
with the gentle blow
of your fair gaze.
Were I to die for you, I would die happy,
if a mortal wound
could be dealt
by life-giving beauty.

Translation by Campelli