Deh coprite il bel seno (Alfonso Fontanelli)

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  • (Posted 2016-12-29)  CPDL #42437:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2016-12-29).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 228 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down one note from C.

General Information

Title: Deh coprite il bel seno
Composer: Alfonso Fontanelli

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1604 in Il secondo libro de madrigali a 5 voci, no. 8

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Deh, coprite il bel seno,
Che per troppo mirar l’alma vien meno!
Ahi! no'l coprite, no, che l’alma avezza
A viver di dolcezza
Spera, mirando, aita
Da quel bel sen che le dà morte e vita.

English.png English translation

I beg you, hide your lovely breasts:
it makes me faint to look too much upon them.
Alas, no, do not hide them: let me become accustomed
to enjoy such sweet sensations.
As I look at them, I hope for succour
from within that bosom which means both death and life to me.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank