Io spero (Orazio Vecchi)

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General Information

Title: Io spero
Composer: Orazio Vecchi

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1590 in Selva di varia ricreatione, no. 15

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Io sper’ e te mi ard’e mi disfaccio [1]
E quest’ardore
Ch’hò dentro al core
Non mi vuol vivo
E non mi trae d’impaccio.

Io volo sopra il cielo, e in terra giaccio
E in tal pensiero
Io mi disperso
Che nulla stringo, e tutto il mondo abbraccio.

Ho in odio, & amo, e seguo chi m’ancide
E pur non veggio
Com’ io vaneggio
Ch’Amore al fin di me si burla e ride.

Io piango e rido de gravosi homei
E in tale stato son condennato
Per Donna che par bella à gl’occhi miei.

English.png English translation

I hope; I burn for you; I melt,
And this conflagration
In my heart
Does not want me to survive
And does nothing to rescue me from torment.

I fly higher than the heavens and I lie on the ground
And in such thoughts
I am lost
So that I press the empty air to me and embrace the whole world.

I hate, and I love, and I follow a lady who will be the death of me
And yet I do not see
How I am raving,
And that in the end Love makes a mockery of me.

I weep and laugh at deep sighs
and to this state I am condemned
by a lady who to my eyes seems beautiful.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank

[1] The text is an imitation of the famous poem by Petrarch, 'Pace non trovo, et non ò a far guerra', no. 134 from 'Canzoniere', see Fifty-three Poems from 'The Canzoniere'