Caro dolce ben mio (Pietro Vinci)

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  • (Posted 2020-12-06)  CPDL #61848:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2020-12-06).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third.

General Information

Title: Caro dolce ben mio
Composer: Pietro Vinci

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTBB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Il quinto libro delle Muse (Gardano, Venice), no. 16
    2nd published: 1583 in Il secondo libro de madregali a sei voci (Scotto, Venice)
Description: Source: Di Pietro Vinci, Sicilliano della citta di Nicosia, (...) il Secondo Libro de Madregali a sei voci, Scotto, 1583

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Caro dolce ben mio, perché fuggire
chi v’ama e per amor languisc’e more?
Se vi piace’l mio pianto e’l mio martire,
ecco v’il petto e ne cavat’il core
che quand’io deggia per dolor morire
et far del viver mio più brevi l’hore
l’alma lieta da me farà partita
se di man vostra lasciarò la vita.

English.png English translation

My beloved, why do you flee from the one who loves you,
who is languishing and dying for love?
If you take delight in my complaints and my suffering,
here is my breast: dig out my heart,
so that when my sorrows end my days,
shortening my life,
my soul will leave my body gladly,
so long as I have died at your hand.