S'el vostro cor, Madonna (Claudio Monteverdi)

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General Information

Title: S'el vostro cor
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1619 in Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 15

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==Original text and translations==

Italian.png Italian text

Se’l vostro cor, Madonna,
altrui pietoso tanto,
da quel suo degno al mio non degno pianto
talor si rivolgesse
ed una stilla al mio languir ne desse,
forse del mio dolore
vedria l’altrui perfidia e’l proprio errore,
e voi seco direste: ah sapess’io
usar pietà come pietà desìo!

English.png English translation

If your heart, Lady,
so soft towards others,
from its own worthy sorrow to my unworthy complaint
should ever turn,
and shed a tear for my complaining,
perhaps from my sorrow
it would come to see the treachery of others and its own mistake
and you would then say: ah, could I only