Vergine sola al mondo (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2022-07-13)  CPDL #70016: 
Original key (high chiavette):        
Transposed down a minor third:      
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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2022-07-13).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 127 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1581 print. Original note values. Italian spelling modernised.

General Information

Title: Vergine sola al mondo
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1581 in Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci, no. 5

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Vergine sola al mondo senza exempio,
che 'l ciel di tue bellezze innamorasti,
cui né prima fu simil né seconda,
santi penseri, atti pietosi et casti
al vero Dio sacrato et vivo tempio
fecero in tua verginità feconda.
Per te pò la mia vita esser ioconda,
s'a' tuoi preghi, o Maria,
Vergine dolce et pia,
ove 'l fallo abondò, la gratia abonda.
Con le ginocchia de la mente inchine,
prego che sii mia scorta,
et la mia torta via drizzi a buon fine.

English.png English translation

Virgin sole on earth without a peer,
who enamoured heaven of your beauty,
whom no other equalled or came near,
holy thoughts, chaste and merciful actions
made you sacred to the one true God,
a living temple, fruitful in virginity.
You have the power to render my life joyful,
since with your prayers, O Maria,
sweet, virtuous Virgin,
grace abounds where sin abounded.
I bow to you on my knees, in thought,
I beg you to be my guide
and direct my crooked path to a good end.

Translation by Anthony S. Kline ©