Parlo, misero, ò taccio? (Antonio Cifra)

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  • (Posted 2021-06-03)  CPDL #64622:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-06-03).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 303 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Parlo, misero, ò taccio?
Composer: Antonio Cifra
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1608 in Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 19

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Parlo, misero, ò taccio?
S’io taccio, che soccorso havrà il morire?
S’io parlo, che pardono havrà l’ardire?
Taci, che ben s’intende
Chiusa fiamma tal'hor da chi l’accende.
Parla in mè la pietate,
Parla in lei la beltate;
E dice quel bel volto al crudo core;
Chi può mirarmi, e non languir d’Amore?

Guarini, Rime, madrigali 54, p. 105

English.png English translation

Should I, poor wretch, speak out or hold my tongue?
If I keep silence, will death ease my troubles?
If I speak, will boldness be forgiven?
Stay silent! For a smothered flame is clear
indeed to he who lit the fire;
I heed the promptings of mercy,
she heeds the promptings of beauty,
and the handsome face says to the stony heart:
who can see me and not pine for love?