Depon l'arco e l'orgoglio (Giovanni Ferretti)

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  • (Posted 2020-10-27)  CPDL #61062:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2020-10-27).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 296 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Depon l'arco e l'orgoglio
Composer: Giovanni Ferretti

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Il secondo libro delle canzoni a sei voci, no. 23

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Depon l'arco e l'orgoglio,
Amor ch'à te non lice,
Mai piu chiamarti valoros'ardito,
Poich'un' pulce ha ferito
Il bianco petto della mia fenice,
Che già gran tempo sai,
Che l'arme spendi e nol piagasti mai.

English.png English translation

Put down your bow and your pride,
Love, for you may
never again call yourself bold and daring:
a flea has wounded
the white breast of my Phoenix,
on which, as you know, you have been using your weapons
for a long time, and you never wounded it.
(Tr. Ruth I. DeFord)