Udite, lagrimosi spirti (Giovanni Piccioni)

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Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-02-22).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 297 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Udite, lagrimosi spirti
Composer: Giovanni Piccioni
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1602 in Il pastor fido; Il sesto libro di madrigali a cinque voci (Giovanni Piccioni), no. 2

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Udite, lagrimosi Spirti d'Averno, udite
Nova sorte si pena e di tormento;
Mirate crudo affetto
In sembiante pietoso;
La mia donna crudel, più del inferno,
Perch' una sola morte
Non può far satia la sua cruda voglia,
E la mia vita è quasi
Una perpetua morte;
Mi comanda ch'io viva,
Perche la vita mia
Di mille morti il dì ricetto sia.

Il pastor fido (A3;S6;1;Mirtillo)
 

English.png English translation

Ye tortur'd spirits, hear,
That in Avernus' doleful regions dwell,
Hear a new torment I endure;
See under pity's mask conceal'd
A horrid kind of love. She I adore
Loads me with greater sufferings still than yours,
Because a single death alone
Is far too scant to glut her fell revenge.
My life is only a perpetual death;
She bids me live, more fierceness to display,
And make me die a thousand times a day!

Translated by William Clapperton