Pommi ov'il sol (Cipriano de Rore)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-16)  CPDL #34802: 
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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2015-03-16).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch (high chiavette) and note-values.

General Information

Title: Pommi ov'il sol
Composer: Cipriano de Rore
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1548 in Il terzo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, Edition 1, no. 23

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ponmi ove 'l sole occide i fiori et l'erba,
o dove vince lui il ghiaccio et la neve;
ponmi ov'è 'l carro suo temprato et leve,
et ov'è chi ce 'l rende, o chi ce 'l serba;

ponmi in humil fortuna, od in superba,
al dolce aere sereno, al fosco et greve;
ponmi a la notte, al dí lungo ed al breve,
a la matura etate od a l'acerba;

ponmi in cielo, od in terra, od in abisso,
in alto poggio, in valle ima et palustre,
libero spirto, od a' suoi membri affisso;

ponmi con fama oscura, o con ilustre:
sarò qual fui, vivrò com'io son visso,
continüando il mio sospir trilustre.

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English.png English translation

Set me where the sun burns flowers and grass,
or where he's conquered by the ice and snow:
set me beneath his temperate chariot,
where it rises or where it descends:

set me among the humble, or the proud,
in sweet calm air, or in the dark and sombre:
set me in night, in days long or short,
unripe in age, or of maturer years.

set me in heaven, on earth, or in the depths,
on a high hill, or deep in a marshy vale,
a spirit freed, or imprisoned in its limbs:

set me far from fame, or let me be known:
I'll be what I have been, live as I've lived,
continuing my fifteen years of sighs.

Translation by Anthony S. Kline ©