Se chiudete nel core (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: Se chiudete nel core
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1596 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quarto, no. 14

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se chiudete nel core il pargoletto Amore,
Perché serpe crudele in sen nudrite?
Ah, che voi troppo ardite!
Vedete non l'ancida,
Se vago di dolcezza ivi s'annida.

English.png English translation

If you shut in your heart the little child Love,
why nurture a cruel serpent at your breast?
Ah, you burn too fiercely!
Don't you see: you would kill him,
if, in search of succor, he should nest in that place.