Dite mi o si o no (Cristóbal de Morales)

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  • (Posted 2014-08-27)  CPDL #32794:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2014-08-27).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Dite mi o si or no
Composer: Cristóbal de Morales

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Il quarto libro de i madrigali a 4 voci (Jacques Arcadelt), Edition 1, no. 9
Description: A four part madrigal.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Dite mi o si, o no, senza timore,
ch'ognun de voi, non puose non giovarmi,
se serà un no mi farà grand' honore
star constante volendo voi lasciar mi,

se serà un si fia' l frutto del languire,
assai più degno che'l mio ben servire,
dunque eleggete quel che più vieletta
che l'un mi honora et l'altro mi diletta.

English.png English translation

Tell me either yes or no – do not hold back –
for neither answer can fail to make me happy.
If it is ‘no’, I shall gain great honour
by remaining constant while you wish to leave me;

if it is ‘yes’, it will be the fruit of longing,
a far worthier motive than my faithful service to you.
So choose whichever you prefer,
for the one will be to my honour while the other will give me pleasure.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank