Com'è soave cosa (Giovanni Piccioni)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-25)  CPDL #63156:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-02-25).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 272 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Com'è soave cosa
Composer: Giovanni Piccioni
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
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. 7

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Com'è soave cosa
Tanto goder quanto ami,
Tanto aver quanto brami:
Sentir che la tua donna
A i tuoi caldi sospiri
Caldamente sospiri,
E dica poi: "Ben mio,
Quanto son, quanto miri,
Tutto è tuo. S'io son bella,
A te solo son bella; a te s'adorna
Questo viso, quest'oro e questo seno;
in questo petto mio
Alberghi tu, caro mio cor, non io".

Il pastor fido (A3;S6;170;Corisca)

English.png English translation

How sweet a thing it is to have a joy
Great as thy love, and happiness complete
As thy own wishes, in thy fair one's charms!
To have thy mistress twine about thy neck,
And when thou sigh'st, to answer back thy sighs,
And say to thee: "My love, all that I am,
All that I have is thine; if I am fair,
It is for thee alone; for thee I deck
This face, this bosom, and these golden loscka.
Thy heart is so united with my own,
That I forget I've any heart save thine".

Translated by William Clapperton