O dolcezze amarissime (Seconda parte), SWV 2 (Heinrich Schütz)

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General Information

Title: O dolcezze amarissime, SWV 2 (2nda parte of O primavera)
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Il primo libro de madrigali, no. 2
  2nd published: 1890 in Heinrich Schütz: Sämtliche Werke, Volume 9, no. 2
  3rd published: 1962 in Neue Schütz-Ausgabe, Volume 22, no. 2
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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O dolcezze amarissime d'amore,
quanto è più duro perdervi,
che mai non v'haver
ò provate ò possedute,
come saria l'amar felice stato,
se'l già goduto ben non si perdesse
o quando egli si perde,
ogni memoria ancora
del dileguato ben si dileguasse.