Deh, dolce anima mia (Antonio Cifra)

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  • (Posted 2021-06-01)  CPDL #64600:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-06-01).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 235 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Deh, dolce anima mia
Composer: Antonio Cifra
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1608 in Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 15

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Deh, dolce anima mia,
Partiti; e ti consola,
Ch'infinita è la schiera
Degli infelici amanti.
Vive ben altri in pianti
Sì come tu, cor mio (Mirtillo). Ogni ferita
Ha seco il suo dolore,
Né se' tu solo a lagrimar d'amore.

 Guarini, Il Pastor fido, Act 3, Scene 3, line 295

English.png English translation


Thou shoul'st depart;
I've heard thee much too long;
Go, and console thyself with this at least,
Of hopeless lovers there's a numerous crowd;
There is no wound but carries with it pain,
Many, as well as thou, of love complain.

Translation by William Clapperton