Da te chieggio pietate (Annibale Coma)

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  • (Posted 2016-04-19)  CPDL #39375:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2016-04-19).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 348 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Da te chieggio pietate
Composer: Annibale Coma

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1585 in De floridi virtuosi d'Italia libro secondo (Vincenti & Amadino), no. 9
    2nd published: 1600 in De floridi virtuosi d'Italia (Pierre Phalèse), no. 30

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Da te chieggio pietate,
Filli non chieggio aita,
Per allungar la vita,
Che vedendo pietà sol' una volta,
Nel tuo bel viso accolta,
Morirò si ma'l core,
Sentirà nel morir manco dolore.

English.png English translation

I pray you have pity on me,
Phyllis: I do not ask for your help
to prolong my life,
for if only once I could see pity in your lovely face,
I would die, yes,
but my heart would feel no pain at that dying.
Translation by Mick Swithinbank