Anchor che co'l partire (Jean de Castro)

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  • (Posted 2016-03-05)  CPDL #38778:        (Finale 2012)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2016-03-05).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Anchor che co'l partire
Composer: Jean de Castro

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1569 in Il primo libro di madrigali, canzoni & motetti a tre voci, no. 9
    2nd published: 1582 in Chansons, madrigaux et motets a 3, no. 23

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Anchor che co'l partire
io mi senta morire,
partir vorrei ogn' hor, ogni momento,
tant'il piacer ch'io sento,
de la vita ch'acquisto nel ritorno
et cosi mill'e mill'e volt' il giorno,
partir da voi, da voi vorrei,
tanto son dolci gli ritorni miei.

English.png English translation

Although when I part from you
it is a kind of dying,
I would be glad to leave you every hour, every moment,
so great is my joy
as life comes flooding back to me on my return:
and so a thousand times a day
I would that I could part from you:
for so my heart leaps when we are reunited.
Translation by Mick Swithinbank