Caro dolce ben mio (Andrea Gabrieli)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-09)  CPDL #34209:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-09).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available on IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Caro dolce ben mio
Composer: Andrea Gabrieli

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1576 in Musica di 13 autori illustri, no. 19
    2nd published: 1583 in Musica divina di 19 autori illustri, no. 27

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Caro dolce ben mio, perché fuggire,
Chi v'ama, et per amor languisce e more?
Se vi piace il mio pianto e'l mio martire,
Eccovi il petto, e ne cavate il core;
Ché quando io deggia per dolor morire,
E far del viver mio più brevi l'ore,
L'alma lieta da me farà partita
Se di man vostra lasciarò la vita.

English.png English translation

My sweet dear love, why flee
he who loves you, and for love languishes and dies?
If my weeping and my suffering please you,
here is my chest, and from it you may rip out my heart;
Because when I must, from grief, die,
and make shorter the hours of my life,
my contented soul will depart from me
if by your hand I will lose my life.

Translation by Allen Garvin