Et oltre al mio destino, io ci fui spinta (Vincenzo Ruffo)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-11)  CPDL #34263:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-11).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available on IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Et oltre al mio destino, io ci fui spinta
Composer: Vincenzo Ruffo
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto from Orlando furioso, canto XXXII ottava 24.

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SAAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Il secondo libro di madrigali à 4 voci (Gardano press, Venice)

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Et oltre al mio destino, io ci fui spinta
da le parole altrui degne di fede:
somma felicità mi fu dipinta,
ch’esser dovea di questo amor mercede.
Se la persuasione, ohimè! fu finta,
se fu inganno il consiglio che mi diede
Merlin, posso di lui ben lamentarmi,
ma non d’amar Ruggier posso ritrarmi.

English.png English translation

Besides that me my destiny entrained,
Words, worthy credence, moved me much, that drew
A picture of rare happiness, ordained
As meed of this fair unless to ensue.
If these persuasive words were false and feigned,
If famous Merlin's counsel was untrue,
Wrath at the wizard may I well profess;
But cannot therefore love Rogero less.

Translation by William Stewart Rose