Life, tell me (Orazio Vecchi)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-13)  CPDL #62876:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2021-02-13).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: At the written pitch.

General Information

Title: Life, tell me
Composer: Orazio Vecchi

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598
Description: Source: Madrigals to five voices, selected out of the best approved Italian authors by Thomas Morley, pub. Thomas East, 1598. The composer's name is given as Horacio Vechi.

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Original text and translations

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Life, tell me what is the cause of each man's dying,
careful grief mixed with crying?

No, no heart stay thee,
let no such thought or care of mind dismay thee.

Sweet heart content thee,
thy cares are so great, I can but lament thee.