Il dì s'appressa (Cipriano de Rore)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-01)  CPDL #56482:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-01-01).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2014-09-25)  CPDL #33026: 
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General Information

Title: Il dì s'appressa
Composer: Cipriano de Rore
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1548 in Il terzo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, Edition 1, no. 11


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Il dí s'appressa, et non pòte esser lunge,
sí corre il tempo et vola,
Vergine unica et sola,
e 'l cor or coscïentia
or morte punge.
Raccomandami al tuo figliuol, verace
homo et verace Dio,
ch'accolga 'l mïo spirto ultimo in pace.
Canzoniere 366 (last 7 lines)

English.png English translation

The day is coming, surely coming soon,
such is time’s incessant flight,
Virgin peerless and unequalled,
and my heart is oppressed, now by pangs of conscience,
now by thoughts of death.
Commend me to your Son,
true man and very God:
may He receive me in peace when I draw my last breath.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank