Come la notte ogni fiammella (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2018-10-18)  CPDL #51516:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2018-10-18).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 253 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up one note from C.

General Information

Title: Come la notte ogni fiammella
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584 in Continuation du mellange, no. 20

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Come la notte ogni fiammella è viva,
E riman spenta subito ch'aggiorna;
Così, quando il mio sol di se mi priva,
Mi leva incontra il rio timor le corna:
Ma non sì tosto all' orizzonte arriva,
Che'l timor fugge e la speranza torna.
Deh torna a me, deh torna,o caro lume,
E scaccia il rio timor che mi consume!
Orlando Furioso XLV, 37

English.png English translation

“As every spark is in the night alive,
 And suddenly extinguished when ’tis morn;
 When me my sun doth of his rays deprive,
 Against me felon Fear uplifts his horn:
 But they the shades of night no sooner drive,
 Than Fears are past and gone, and Hopes return.
 Return, alas! return, O radiance dear!
 And drive from me that foul, consuming Fear.