O, too cruel fair! (William Smith Rockstro)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-15)  CPDL #59267:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-06-15).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 135 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Italian lyrics. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2020-06-14)  CPDL #59257:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-06-14).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 137 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: English lyrics. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: O, too cruel fair!
Composer: William Smith Rockstro

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1884 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 17, no. 494

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

O, too cruel fair, Ladye!
Though pity thou hast none for my complaining,
My woes perchance may move thee,
To cease thy cold disdaining.
When Fate, more kind, with my sad prayer complying,
Shall send sweet Death, at last, to end my sighing.

Italian.png Italian text

Crudelissima donna!
Poiche non hai pietà di miei martiri,
Desti pietat' almeno,
Nel tuo gelato seno,
Se pur ciò non mi niega dura sorte.
Mia trista, dolente, e cruda morte.