La misera farfalla (Bartolomeo de Mutiis)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-12)  CPDL #41818:        (Finale 2012)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2016-11-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: La misera farfalla
Composer: Bartolomeo de Mutiis
Lyricist: Pietro Petracci

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1613 in Musiche a uno, doi e tre voci, no. 3

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

La misera farfalla par,
che si prend'a gioco di volar,
di scherzar intorn'al foco,
e tante volte scherza,
che se fugge la prim'arde la terza.
Anch' io nel foco d'un lucente sguardo
volai scherzando hor da dovero n'ardo.

English.png English translation

The wretched moth in game
flutters round the flame,
knows not how fire can maim:
the first time all is well,
the third sounds his death knell.
Once I flew without a care
near the flame of a pair of eyes so fair,
transfixed by one I did adore:
yet truly now I burn no more.
Translation by Mick Swithinbank