Ero così dicea (Giovanni Bernardino Nanino)

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  • (Posted 2022-06-09)  CPDL #69637:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2022-06-09).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 328 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ero così dicea
Composer: Giovanni Bernardino Nanino
Lyricist: Marcantonio Martinengo
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Il primo libro de madrigali, no. 9

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ero così dicea
Ch'era il suo Amor nell'acque
ed ell'ardea:
Onde lucenti e chiare
Che le candide membra, e il vago viso
Dolce baciate del mio ben Narciso;
Ite superbe al Mare,
Che si ricco tesor, si care spoglie,
Il vostro grembo accoglie;
Ch'andrei superba anch'io
Se tenessi qual voi l'Idolo mio.

Marcantonio Martinengo

English.png English translation

Hero thus spoke,
when her love was in the water
and she yearned:
O waves shining and clear,
that sotly kiss the lovely face
and the beautiful limbs of my handsome Narcissus,
go proudly to the Sea
where your bosom gathers
so rich a treasure, so dear a form.
For I, too, would proudly go
if I, like you, might hold my Idol.

Translation Harry B. Lincoln