Felicissimo sonno (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2009-04-06)  CPDL #19173:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-04-06).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Felicissimo sonno
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quinto, no. 7

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Felicissimo sonno
che ne le luci di madonna vivi
e noi di luce privi,
deh, con un sogno messaggier le mostra
l'afflitta anima nostra;
fa’ che in partir da lei pietà vi resti
e pietosa si desti.

English.png English translation

Most happy sleep,
dwelling in the eyes of my lady
and so depriving us of light,
I beg you, take her a message in a dream
to show her the affliction of my1 soul;
when you leave her, let mercy remain in her
so that she awakes inclined to pity.
Translation by Mick Swithinbank

1 Literally 'our', but probably only used for the sake of the rhyme.