Che pietà posso dare (Giovanni Piccioni)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-28)  CPDL #63210:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-02-28).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 217 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Che pietà posso dare
Composer: Giovanni Piccioni
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1602 in Il pastor fido; Il sesto libro di madrigali a cinque voci (Giovanni Piccioni), no. 12

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Che pietà posso dare,
Non la potendo avere?
Insomma son fermato
Di serbar fin ch'io viva
Fede a colei ch'adoro,ò cruda ò pia,
Ch'ella sia stata ò sia.

Il pastor fido (A3;S6;243;Mirtillo)

English.png English translation

How can I give thee, since I am myself
So needy? To be short, I've sworn to keep
Allegiance while I live, to that fair nymph,
Whether she tyrant prov'd or merciful.

Translated by William Clapperton