O my loving sweet heart (Luca Marenzio)

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Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2021-02-13).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a major third.

General Information

Title: O my loving sweet heart
Composer: Luca Marenzio

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598

Description: Source: Madrigals to five voices, selected out of the best approved Italian authors by Thomas Morley, pub. Thomas East, 1598

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Original text and translations

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O my loving sweet heart,
leave off thy madness.
How can my wounded heart
to live be able
that without your fervent love, alas,
what grief and sadness
in my torments do make me miserable,
which from mine eyes do wring
such tears and groans
that unto pity move
the hard rocks and stones.