Perchè fuggi? (Claudio Monteverdi)

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General Information

Title: Perchè fuggi?
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Giambattista Marino

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: TT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1619 in Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 12

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Perché fuggi tra salci,
ritrosetta ma bella,
o cruda tra le crude pastorella?
Perché un bacio ti tolsi?
Miser più che felice,
corsi per sugger vita, e mor te colsi.
Quel bacio che m’ha morto,
tra le rose d’amor pungente spina,
fu più vendetta tua che mia rapina.

English.png English translation

Why do you flee amongst the willows,
reluctant but beautiful,
oh cruel, oh cruellest shepherdess?
Because I stole a kiss?
More wretched than happy
I pursued you to taste life and found death instead.
That kiss killed me,
amongst the prickly thorns of Love’s roses,
was more your vengeance than my plunder.