Perfida pur potesti (Benedetto Pallavicino)

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Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-09-13).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2019-03-23)  CPDL #53663:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2019-03-23).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 325 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Perfida pur potesti
Composer: Benedetto Pallavicino
Lyricist: Angelo Grillo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro 4, no. 20

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Perfida, pur potesti
negarmi ancor in sull'estremo aita,
non dando fede a l'aspra mia ferita?
Or godi di mia morte,
ch'io spero, ignudo spirto, aver in sorte
di tormentar quel dispietato core,
che non ebbe pietà del mio dolore.

English.png English translation

O perfidious one, could you truly
deny my succor in my final hour,
unbelieving in my mortal wound?
Revel now in my death,
for I hope, as a naked spirit, to be fated
to torment that pitiless heart,
which had not pity for my suffering.

Translation by Allen Garvin