Che rami e ceppi e tronchi e sassi e zolle (Jacquet de Berchem)

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  • (Posted 2022-09-26)  CPDL #70964:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2022-09-26).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Che rami e ceppi e tronchi e sassi e zolle
Composer: Jacquet de Berchem
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SAAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1561 in Primo secondo et terzo libro del capriccio (Venice: Antonio Gardano press), no. 29

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Che rami e ceppi e tronchi e sassi e zolle
non cessò di gittar ne le bell’onde,
fin che da sommo ad imo sì turbolle,
che non furo mai più chiare né monde.
E stanco al fin, e al fin di sudor molle,
poi che la lena vinta non risponde
allo sdegno, al grave odio, all’ardente ira,
cade sul prato, e verso il ciel sospira.

English.png English translation

For he turf, stone, and trunk, and shoot, and lop,
Cast without cease into the beauteous source;
Till, turbid from the bottom to the top,
Never again was clear the troubled course.
At length, for lack of breath, compelled to stop,
(When he is bathed in sweat, and wasted force,
Serves not his fury more) he falls, and lies
Upon the mead, and, gazing upward, sighs.

by William Stewart Rose (1775-1843)