Sapet'amanti (Jacques Arcadelt)

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General Information

Title: Sapet'amanti
Composer: Jacques Arcadelt

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB

Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci, no. 1.11

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Per ch’amor è cieco?
Perchè mirando fiso
Gli occhi sereni di madonna meco
Ella co’l suo bel viso
E col divin splendore
Tols’a lui gli occhi
Et a me tols’il core.

English.png English translation

Learn, then, lovers,
Why is Love blind?
Because with me he looked
Into the eyes of my Lady;
And the beauty of her countenance
And her heavenly form
Stole away his eyes,
As they stole away my heart.