Ancidetemi pur (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2023-05-07)  CPDL #73717:        (LilyPond)
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  • (Posted 2014-06-05)  CPDL #32183: 
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General Information

Title: Ancidetemi pur
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. 1.09

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ancidetemi pur gravi(*) martiri
Che'l viver mi sia noia
Che'l morir mi fia gioia
Ma lassate ir gli estremi miei sospiri
A trovar quella ch'è cagion ch'io muoia
E dir a l'empia fera
Ch'onor non gli è che per amarla io pera.

(*)First edition of 1539 has gravi, 1581 edition has grievi

English.png English translation

Kill me then, o grievous tortures,
For my life is so wretched
That death will be a joy for me.
But let my last sighs fly free
To find her who is the cause of my death;
Let them say to the wretched beast
That there is no honour in my death for her.