Deh scoprite il bel seno (Pomponio Nenna)

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  • (Posted 2023-01-10)  CPDL #72207:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2023-01-10).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 274 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Deh scoprite il bel seno
Composer: Pomponio Nenna
Lyricist: Ridolfo Arlotti
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1603 in Il quinto libro de madrigali, 5vv (Pomponio Nenna), no. 1

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Deh scoprite il bel seno,
Ch'invido vel ricopre,
Sì ch'io vagheggia di Natura l'opre.
Ah, no'l scoprite, no, ch'io vengo meno,
E l'alma non avezza
A tanto ben ne morria di dolcezza.

Ridolfo Arlotti?

English.png English translation

Ah, uncover that lovely breast,
which invidious veil covers,
so that I may gaze lovingly at Nature's work.
Ah, do not uncover it, no for I faint,
and my soul not accustomed
to such good fortune would die of sweet pleasure.

translation by Alfonso Fontanelli