Parlo miser o taccio (Claudio Monteverdi)

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General Information

Title: Parlo miser o taccio
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1619 in Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 20

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Parlo, miser, o taccio?
S’io taccio, che soccorso avrà il morire?
S’io parlo, che perdono avrà l’ardire?
Taci, che ben s’intende
chiusa fiamma talhor da chi l’accende;
parla in me la pietade,
parla in lei la beltade
e dice quel bel volto al crudo core:
chi può mirarmi e non languir d’amore?

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?