Ape sacra e gentile (Paolo Virchi)

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  • (Posted 2023-08-26)  CPDL #75023:        (Lilypond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-08-26).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Ape sacra e gentile
Composer: Paolo Virchi
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSAAB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584 in Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 18

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ape sacra e gentile
che da i più vaghi fiori
furi i dolci liquori:
lascia le rose, i acanti e gelsomini,
e va sopra il coral, sopra i rubini
della mia Diva e quivi meco impara
coglier dolcezza più che'l miele rara.

English.png English translation

Sacred and courteous bee
that from the fairest flowers
purloins their sweet liquors:
leave the roses, acanthi and jasmines,
and fly over the coral, above the rubbies
of my Goddess, and there with me learn
to gather a sweetness rarer than honey.

Translation by Allen Garvin