Di furto ancor (Giandominico Martoretta)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-11)  CPDL #34238:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-11).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available on IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Di furto ancor
Composer: Giandominico Martoretta
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto Orlando furioso, canto XXXII ottava 42.

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1554 in Il terzo libro de madrigali à 4 voci (Gardano press, Venice)

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Di furto ancor oltre ogni vizio rio,
di te, crudele, ho da dolermi molto.
Che tu mi tenga il cor, non ti dico io;
di questo io vo’ che tu ne vada sciolto: 1
dico di te, che t’eri fatto mio,
e poi contra ragion mi ti sei tolto.
Renditi, iniquo, a me; che tu sai bene
che non si può salvar chi l’altrui tiene.

English.png English translation

If she in any manner could have thought,
Or hoped to have concealed the intended theft,
The bleeding warrior's surcoat, richly wrought,
She would, together with his arms, have reft;
But at what might be safely hidden, caught,
And, grieved at heart, forewent the glorious weft.
Him of a beauteous girdle she undrest,
And this secured between a double vest.

Translation by William Stewart Rose