Felice me, se nel morir (Francesco Eredi)

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Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-04-29).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 335 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Felice me, se nel morir
Composer: Francesco Eredi
Lyricist: Torquato Tasso
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1629 in L'Armida del Tasso, no. 13
Description: This madrigal is Part 4 of 10 madrigals, as can be seen in L'Armida del Tasso

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Felice me, se nel morir non reco
Questa mia peste ad infettar l'Inferno.
Restine Amor; venga sol sdegno or meco ,
E sia dell'ombra mìa compagno eterno:
O ritorni con lui dal regno cieco
A colui, che di me fè l'empio scherno:
E se gli mostri tal, che'n fere notti
Abbia riposi orribili, e interrotti.

Gerusalemme liberata 20/126

English.png English translation

"And happy me if, being dead and slain,
 I bear not with me this strange plague to hell:
 Love, stay behind, come thou with me disdain,
 And with my wronged soul forever dwell;
 Or else with it turn to the world again
 And vex that knight with dreams and visions fell,
 And tell him, when twixt life and death I strove
 My last wish, was revenge—last word, was love."

Translated by Edward Fairfax (1560-1635)