Quand' amor i begli occhi (Domenico Micheli)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-21)  CPDL #39717:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2016-05-21).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 378 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Quand' amor i begli occhi
Composer: Domenico Micheli
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1564 in Madrigali a cinque voci, libro primo, no. 1.1
Description: Set to an extract from a sonnet by Petrarch

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Quand' amor i begli occhi a terra inchina,
E i vaghi spirt' in un sospir accoglie,
Con le sue man' et poi in voce gli scioglie,
Chiara soave angelica e  divina,

Sento far del mio cor dolce rapina,
Et si dentro cangiar pensier et voglie,
Che'i dico hor fien di me l'ultime spoglie,
Se'l ciel si honesta morte mi destina.

Ma'l suon che di dolcezza i sensi lega.
Col gran desir d'udendo esser beata,
L'anima al dipartir presta, raffrena.

Così mi vivo e così avvolge, e spiega
Lo stame della vita. che m'è data,
Questa sola fra noi del ciel Sirena.

English.png English translation

by Barbarina Lady Dacre

If Love her beauteous eyes to earth incline,
And all her soul concentring in a sigh,
Then breathe it in her voice of melody,
Floating clear soft angelica divine;

My heart, forth stolen so gently, I resign,
And all my hopes and wishes changed I cry:
"O may my last breath pass thus blissfully,
If Heaven so sweet a death for me design!"

But the rapt sense by such enchantment bound,
And the strong will thus listening to possess
Heaven's joys on earth my spirit's flight delay.

And thus I live; and thus drawn out, and wound
Is my life's thread in dreamy blessedness,
By this sole Syren from the realms of day.