Asciugate i begli occhi (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2009-03-26)  CPDL #19116:      (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-03-26).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 33 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Asciugate i begli occhi
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quinto, no. 14

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Asciugate i begli occhi,
deh, cor mio, non piangete
se lontano da voi gir mi vedete!
Ahi, che pianger debb'io misero e sólo,
ché partendo da voi m'uccide il duòlo.

English.png English translation

Dry those lovely eyes,
alas, my beloved, do not weep
if you see me wandering far away from you.
For, ah, I must weep alone and in misery,
because as I part from you, I suffer such bitter pain that my days are numbered.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank