Com' havra vit' amor la vita mia (Vincenzo Ruffo)

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Editor: Gerhard Weydt (submitted 2020-08-14).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Com' havra vit' amor la vita mia
Composer: Vincenzo Ruffo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1557 in Villotte alla Padoana (Filippo Azzaiolo), Edition 1, no. 25

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Com' havra vit', amor, la vita mia,
Se chi mi può dar vita
la mia morte desia?
Com' havra fin la pena mia infinita,
che chi può mi levar di tanta pena
A più doglia mi mena?
Ma faccia pur chi può ch’el mio desire
almen non può morire.

German.png German translation

Wie soll, Amor, mein Leben Dauer haben,
wenn die, die mir das Leben geben kann,
meinen Tod wünscht?
Wie soll mein unendliches Leiden ein Ende haben,
da die, die mich aus so viel Leid erlösen kann,
mich zu noch mehr Kummer führt?
Aber sie tue, was sie wolle, mein Verlangen
zumindest kann nicht sterben.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt

English.png English translation

How shall, Love, my life continue,
if the one who can give me life
desires my death?
How shall my endless pain have an end,
as the one who can relieve me from so much pain
leads me to more sorrow?
But do as she may, my desire
at least cannot die.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt