Deh, dove senza me, dolce mia vita (Jacquet de Berchem)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-20)  CPDL #56362:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2019-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Deh, dove senza me, dolce mia vita
Composer: Jacquet de Berchem
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SAAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1561

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Deh, dove senza me, dolce mia vita,
rimasa sei sì giovane e sì bella?
come, poi che la luce è dipartita,
riman tra’ boschi la smarrita agnella,
che dal pastor sperando essere udita,
si va lagnando in questa parte e in quella;
tanto che ’l lupo l’ode da lontano,
e ’l misero pastor ne piagne invano.

English.png English translation

Without me, my sweet life, beshrew me, where
Art thou bestowed, so beautiful and young!
As some lost lamb, what time the daylight fair
Shuts in, remains the wildering woods among,
And goes about lamenting here and there,
Hoping to warn the shepherd with her tongue;
Till the wolf hear from far the mournful strain,
And the sad shepherd weep for her in vain.

Translation by William Rose (1775-1843)