Deh, ferma, Amor, costui che cosi sciolto (Claudio Merulo)

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  • (Posted 2021-09-18)  CPDL #65827:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2021-09-18).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Deh, ferma, Amor, costui che cosi sciolto
Composer: Claudio Merulo
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1580

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Deh, ferma, Amor, costui che così sciolto
dinanzi al lento mio correr s’affretta;
o tornami nel grado onde m’hai tolto
quando né a te né ad altri era suggetta!
Deh, come è il mio sperar fallace e stolto,
ch’in te con prieghi mai pietà si metta;
che ti diletti, anzi ti pasci e vivi
di trar dagli occhi lacrimosi rivi!

English.png English translation

Ah! Love, arrest this wight who runs so free,
Outstripping my slow feet, or me install
In the condition whence thou tookest me,
Such as I was, ere thine or other's thrall.
— Alas! how vain the hope! that thou shouldst be
Ever to pity moved by suppliant call,
Who sport, yea feed and live, in streams that rise
From the distracted lover's brimming eyes.

Translation by William Stewart Rose