Vivo, mio Sol, tu giri (Antonio Cifra)

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  • (Posted 2021-06-02)  CPDL #64615:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-06-02).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 228 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Vivo, mio Sol, tu giri
Composer: Antonio Cifra
Lyricist: Giambattista Marino
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1608 in Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 18

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Vivo, mio Sol, tu giri
Le luci, e me non miri?
Forse pietoso il fai.
Ch'io non mácciechi à sì possenti rai?
Ah, più tosto crudel, qual'hora meco
La tua luce non veggio, all'hor son cieco.

Giambattista Marino
La Lira, Seconda parte, madrigali 59, p 69

English.png English translation

I am alive, my sun; circling
Rays you cast about, and do you look not at me?
Do you do this for pity's sake,
Lest I be blinded by such powerful beams?
Ah, at once more cruel: whenever
Your light is not upon me, them am I blind.

Translation by Edmund Strainchamps