Un foco sol la Donna nostra accese (Philippe de Monte)

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  • (Posted 2024-02-28)  CPDL #79312:    (MIDI)    
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2024-02-28).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 110 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1581 print. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note values.

General Information

Title: Un foco sol la Donna nostra accese
Composer: Philippe de Monte
Lyricist: Vittoria Colonna
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1581 Il primo libro de madrigali spirituali a cinque voci, no. 4
Description: Two part madrigal.
 I. Un foco sol la Donna nostra accese
II. Cangiar obietto

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Un foco sol la Donna nostra accese
Divino in terra e quello in ciel l’accende
Quella stessa bontà chiara hor comprende
L’intelletto ch’in parte già comprese

Le parole che pria l’orecchia intese
Per celeste armonia l’anima intende
Con Dio immortal quel grado hor in ciel rende
Di Madre che con l’huom qui mortal prese.

Cangiar obietto o variar pensiero
Huopo non le fu mai perchè i bei sensi
Fusser da la ragion ripresi e vinti

Ché infin dal primo giorno solo al vero
Aperse gli occhi e gli spirti hebbe accensi
Sempre d’un foco ripurgati e cinti.

English.png English translation

One fire alone lighted Our Lady ,
A divine fire on earth lit in heaven.
That same bright goodness now encompasses
the intellect, which in part already

understood the words that the ear
first heard through heavenly harmony.
Immortal with God, she now receives in heaven the title
‘Mother’, which she carried here on earth, as mother of his mortal form.

It was never the purpose to change object or thought,
because her beautiful senses
were absorbed and overcome by reason.

For from the very first day, her eyes were open
to truth and her mind was always kindled,
surrounded and purged by the fire.