Ben fu l'ape ingegnosa (Pietro Vinci)

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  • (Posted 2023-04-09)  CPDL #73409:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-04-09).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Ben fu l'ape ingegnosa
Composer: Pietro Vinci
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAAAB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1583 Li amorosi ardori, no. 16
Description: 

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ben fu l'ape ingegnosa
che vi punse il bel viso
quanto a voi cruda tant'altrui pietosa;
volse, per vostro avviso
far d'altrui la vendetta
con voi, vaga angioletta,
novell'ape d'amore:
forse senza pietà pungete il core.

English.png English translation

The crafty bee
that stung your lovely face,
was as cruel to you as it was merciful to others;
it wanted, upon your advice,
to take revenge for others
with you, lovely little angel,
oh new bee of love:
perhaps without pity, you sting the heart.

Translation by Allen Garvin