Fammi pur guerra amor (Francesco Corteccia)

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  • (Posted 2013-04-22)  CPDL #28824:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2013-04-22).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Ficta added by the editor.

General Information

Title: Fammi pur guerra amor
Composer: Francesco Corteccia

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci (Jacques Arcadelt), no. 1.37

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Fammi pur guerr[a], Amor, quanto tu vòi,
ché gl'occhi di costei pace mi danno.
Come veder tu puoi
che stimo poco de' tuoi lacc'il danno.
Occhi benigni il cui valor eccede
ogn'altro vivo raggio!
Vivete lieti, sì! Di me curate,
lumi santi e divini
la cui alta beltade
mi mostra su del ciel qual sia'l viaggio.
Voi havete mercede
così di me nel mio intenso ardore
che poco curo le fiamme d'Amore.

English.png English translation

Wage war onto me as much as you want, Love—
peace comes unto me from her eyes.
As you can see,
I don't fear much your entrapments.
Oh, kind eyes whose splendour is greater
than that of any other star!
Live happily, yes! Take notice of me,
blessed and divine eyes,
the beauty whereof
shows me the way to Heaven.
You show me such mercy,
as I burn with intense ardour,
that I little affected by Love's flames.

Translation by Campelli