Caro dolce ben mio perche fuggire (Giovanni Bernardino Nanino)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-10)  CPDL #64015:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-04-10).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 335 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Caro dolce ben mio perche fuggire
Composer: Giovanni Bernardino Nanino
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1606 in Il Helicone, no. 29

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Caro dolce ben mio, perché fuggire,
Chi v'ama, et per amor languisce e more?
Se vi piace il mio pianto e'l mio martire,
Eccovi il petto, e ne cavate il core;
Ché quando io deggia per dolor morire,
E far del viver mio più brevi l'ore,
L'alma lieta da me farà partita
Se di man vostra lasciarò la vita.

English.png English translation

My sweet dear love, why flee
he who loves you, and for love languishes and dies?
If my weeping and my suffering please you,
here is my chest, and from it you may rip out my heart;
Because when I must, from grief, die,
and make shorter the hours of my life,
my contented soul will depart from me
if by your hand I will lose my life.

Translation by Allen Garvin