Hor qui son lasso (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2014-04-28)  CPDL #31788:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2014-04-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch (chiavi naturali) and note values.

General Information

Title: Hor qui son lasso
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Primo libro di madrigali a 5 voci, no. 6

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Or qui son, lasso, et voglio esser altrove;
et vorrei piú volere, et piú non voglio;
et per piú non poter fo quant'io posso;

e d'antichi desir' lagrime nove
provan com'io son pur quel ch'i' mi soglio,
né per mille rivolte anchor son mosso.

Canzoniere 118 (final two stanzas of four)
English.png English translation

I am here now, alas, and would be elsewhere:
and wish to wish for more, and wish no more:
and because I cannot do more, do what I can:

and fresh tears from old desire
show that I am what I have always been,
no different yet despite a thousand changes.

Translation by Anthony S. Kline ©