Deh torna a me mio sol (Vincenzo Ruffo)

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  • (Posted 2020-08-30)  CPDL #60324:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-08-30).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 103 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Deh torna a me mio sol
Composer: Vincenzo Ruffo
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1556


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Deh torna a me mio sol, torna, e rimena
la desiata e dolce primavera!
Sgombra i ghiacci e le nevi, e rasserena
la mente mia sì nubilosa e nera.
Qual Progne si lamenta o Filomena
ch’a cercar esca ai figliolini ita era,
e trova il nido voto; o qual si lagna
turture ch’ha perduto la compagna.

English.png English translation

Return, my sun, return! and springtide sweet,
Which evermore I long to see, bring back;
Dislodge the snows and ice with genial hear;
And clear my mind, so clouded o'er and black.
As Philomel, or Progne, with the meat
Returning, which her famished younglings lack,
Mourns o'er an empty nest, or as the dove
Laments himself at having lost is love.

Translation by William Rose (1775-1843)