Ah, ma non fia (Francesco Eredi)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-28)  CPDL #64233:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-04-28).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 344 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ah, ma non fia
Composer: Francesco Eredi
Lyricist: Torquato Tasso
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1629 in L'Armida del Tasso, no. 11
Description: This madrigal is Part 2 of 10 madrigals, as can be seen in L'Armida del Tasso

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ah, ma non fia che fra tant' armi e tante
Una di sangue oggi si bagni almeno?
S'ogn'altro petto a voi par di diamante,
Oserete piagar femminil seno;
In questo mio che vi sta nudo avante,
I pregi vostri e le vittorie sieno.
Tenero ai colpi è questo mio; ben sallo
Amor, che mai non vi saetta in fallo.

Gerusalemme liberata 20/124

English.png English translation

Alas, among so many, could not one,
 Not one draw blood, one wound or rend his skin?
 All other breasts to you are marble stone,
 Dare you then pierce a woman's bosom thin?
 See, see, my naked heart, on this alone
 Employ your force this fort is eath to win,
 And love will shoot you from his mighty bow,
 Weak is the shot that dripile falls in snow.

Translated by Edward Fairfax (1560-1635)