Deh, hor foss' io col vago de la luna (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2018-09-14)  CPDL #51308:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2018-09-14).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 177 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Deh, hor foss' io col vago de la luna
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1558 in Secondo libro delle muse a quattro voci (Antonio Barré), Edition 1, no. 14

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Deh, hor foss'io col vago de la luna
adormentato in qual-che verdi boschi,
e questa ch'anzi vespro a me fa sera,
con essa e con Amor in quella piaggia
sola venesse a stess' ivi una notte;
e 'l dí si stesse il sol sempre ne l'onde.
 Petrarca, Canzoniere 237, Stanza 6

English.png English translation

Ah if, like Endymion, lover of the moon,
I was asleep somewhere in the green woods,
and she, who before vespers brings me evening,
came with the moon and Love to that bank,
to remain alone there through a single night:
and daylight and sun stayed beneath the waves!
Translation by Anthony S. Kline