Che debbo far, poi ch'io son giunto tardi (Jacquet de Berchem)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-11)  CPDL #34246:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-11).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available at IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Che debbo far, poi ch’io son giunto tardi
Composer: Jacquet de Berchem
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1561 in Primo secondo et terzo libro del capriccio, no. 6

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Che debbo far, poi ch’io son giunto tardi,
et altri a corre il frutto è andato prima?
a pena avuto io n’ho parole e sguardi,
et altri n’ha tutta la spoglia opima.
Se non ne tocca a me frutto né fiore,
perché affligger per lei mi vuo’ più il core?

English.png English translation

What's left to me, he said, arrived too late,
While one more favoured bears away the fruit?
Bare words and looks scarce cheered my hopeless state,
And the prime spoils reward another's suit.
Then since for me nor fruit nor blossom hangs,
Why should I longer pine in hopeless pangs?