O chiome d'or, neve gentil del seno (Claudio Monteverdi)

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General Information

Title: O chiome d'or
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Scipione Agnelli

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1614 in Il sesto libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 14

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O chiome d'or, neve gentil del seno
O gigli della man, ch'invido il cielo
Ne rapì, quando chiuse in cieca tomba,
Chi vi nasconde? Ohimè! Povera terra
II fior d'ogni bellezza, il Sol di Glauco
Nasconde! Ah! Muse! Qui sgorgate il pianto!

English.png English translation

O golden hair, o delicate snowy breast,
o lily-white hand that envious heaven has stolen,
though locked in this blind tomb,
who can hide thee? Ah me! Poor earth
— will thou hide the flower of beauty,
the sun of Glauco? Ah muses, shed your tears.