Questa bellezza mia (Francesco Eredi)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-26)  CPDL #64212:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-04-26).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 331 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Questa bellezza mia
Composer: Francesco Eredi
Lyricist: Torquato Tasso
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1629 in L'Armida del Tasso, no. 9
Description: This madrigal is Part 9 of 9 madrigals, as can be seen in L'Armida del Tasso

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Questa bellezza mia sarà mercede
Del troncator dell' esecrabil testa.
O miei famosi amanti, ecco si chiede
Difficil sì da voi, ma impresa onesta.
Io che sarò d'ampie ricchezze erede,
D'una vendetta in guiderdon son presta.
S'esser compra a tal prezzo indegna io sono,
Beltà , sei di natura inutil dono.

Gerusalemme liberata 16/66

English.png English translation

"Thou shalt be his reward, with murdering brand
 That dare this traitor of his head deprive,
 O you my lovers, on this rock doth stand
 The castle of her love for whom you strive,
 I, the sole heir of all Damascus land,
 For this revenge myself and kingdom give,
 If by this price my will I cannot gain,
 Nature gives beauty; fortune, wealth in vain.

Translated by Edward Fairfax (1560-1635)