Beltà poi che t'assenti (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: Beltà poi che t'assenti
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro sesto, no. 2

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Beltà poi che t’assenti
Come ne porti il cor
Porta i tormenti.
Ché tormentato cor
può ben sentire
La doglia del morire,
E un alma senza core,
Non può sentir dolore.

English.png English translation

Beauty, since you depart,
as you take my heart,
take also my torments.
For a tormented heart
can surely feel
the pain of death,
but a soul without a heart
can feel no sorrow.

Translation by James Gibb
German.png German translation

Schöne, da du dich entfernst
Nimm nicht nur das Herz
Nimm auch die Qualen mit.
Denn ein gemartertes Herz
kann wohl fühlen
die Qual des Sterbens,
Und eine herzlose Seele
kann nicht fühlen den Schmerz.