Ben si conviene a voi (Cipriano de Rore)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2020-04-24).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1552 Gardano print. Original note values.

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Title: Ben si conviene a voi
Composer: Cipriano de Rore
Lyricist:

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1542 in Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 18
  2nd published: 1544 in Il primo libro de madrigali cromatici a cinque voci, no. 19

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ben si conviene a voi
Così bel nome, alma mia rosa, poi
Che con quella beltà che ’l mondo honora
Vincete i più bei fiori,
E i più soavi odori
D’odor vincete anchora.
Dhe, se ’l ciel ve s’aggiri adhora adhora,
Più ch’ad altra giamai cortese e pio,
Non sprezzate orgogliosa il servir mio.

English.png English translation

Well does such a lovely name
suit you, my life-giving Rose, since
with that beauty that the world honors
you surpass the most beautiful flowers,
and with your fragrance
you surpass the sweetest fragrance as well.
Ah, though the heavens now circle around you,
more courteous and pious than towards any other,
do not haughtily despise my service.