Se l'ardor foss' equale (Philippe Verdelot)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-16)  CPDL #64078:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2021-04-16).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 101 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from "Tutti li madrigali del primo e del secondo libro a quattro voci", 1556, Gardano. Original key and note values.

General Information

Title: Se l'ardor foss' equale
Composer: Philippe Verdelot
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1530 in Libro primo de la serena (Valerio Dorico), Rome, Edition 1, no. 12
    2nd published: 1540 in Tutti li madrigali del primo et secondo libro a quatro voci, Edition 1, no. 62

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se l'ardor foss’ equale
Ben posto saria amor in donna tale
Ma io peno per voi e voi godete
Dell’aspra pena mia
Et s’io ve’l dico voi non lo credete
Né so quel che mi far per v’aggradire
Non mi val ben servir con pura fede
Che l’alterezza vostra a nulla cede
Ma vi vo’ dir la chiara mente mia
Se voi farete che l’amor sia equale
Dirò ch’amor sta ben in donna tale.

English.png English translation

If the ardour were equal
Love would be well-placed in such a lady
But I suffer for you and you enjoy
My harsh suffering.
And if I say it you do not believe it
Nor do I know what to do to please you,
I do not want to serve with pure loyalty
For your pride succumbs to nothing.
But I will speak my mind clearly:
If you ensure that love is equal
I will say that love is well-placed in such a lady.