O beltà rara, o santi modi adorni (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-20)  CPDL #58086:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-04-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2018-08-25)  CPDL #50994:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2018-08-25).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 251 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O beltà rara, o santi modi adorni
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Luigi Alamanni

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1567 in Libro quarto de madrigali a 5 voci, no. 2

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O beltà rara, o santi modi adorni,
 Luci beate piene
 Di dolcezza e di spene:
 Ah sì tosto in oblio me posto havete!
 Ma, sia pur quel che può, voi non farete
 Ch'io non sia quel che'l primo giorno volli;
 Fin che questi occhi molli
 Finiran per mai sempre il longo pianto.
 Luigi Alamanni

English.png English translation

O rare beauty, o saintly comely manners,
blessed eyes full
of sweetness and hope
ah, how quickly have you forgotten me!
But be that as it may, you will not cause me
to be other than what I wished from the first day,
until these moist eyes
shall forever cease their long weeping.