Ahi se la donna mia (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2010-07-18)  CPDL #21982:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2010-07-18).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Version 2.0, updated April 2014. Transcribed from 1539 Gardano publication of "Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci.

General Information

Title: Ahi se la donna mia
Composer: Jacques Arcadelt

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci, no. 1.38

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ahi se la donna mia qual'hor lasso mi vede
Voless'esser più pia
Non m'udirebbe ogni un gridar mercede
Ne di pietosi accenti
Risonar ebbe il ciel di miei lamenti.
Deh porgi dunque amore tanta forz'al mio core
Che possa la dov'ogni ben fa nido
Mostrar'un serv'eternamente fido.

English.png English translation

Alas, if my lady sometimes sees me wretched,
Would that she would show more kindness:
No longer would all and sundry hear me beg for mercy,
Nor would the heavens re-echo with my pitiful laments.
May love then lend my heart such strength
That, where all good things have their dwelling,
It can display a servant for ever faithful.
Translation by Mick Swithinbank