Ite, rime dolenti (Philippe de Monte)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-09)  CPDL #33617:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2014-12-09).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 434 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ite, rime dolenti
Composer: Philippe de Monte
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1567 Il secondo libro a cinque voci (Philippe de Monte), no. 8

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ite, rime dolenti, al duro sasso,
Che'l mio caro thesoro in terra asconde,
Ivi chiamate chi dal ciel risponde,
Ben che'l mortal sia in loco oscuro e basso.

Ditele ch'i' son già di viver lasso,
Del navigar per queste horribili onde;
Ma ricogliendo le sue sparte fronde,
Dietro le vo pur così passo passo,

Sol di lei ragionando viva e morta,
Anzi pur viva, et or fatta immortale,
A ciò che'l mondo la conosca et ame.

Piacciale al mio passar esser accorta,
Ch'è presso omai; siami a l'incontro,e quale
Ella è nel cielo a sé mi tiri e chiame.

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English.png English translation

My sad verse, go to the harsh stone
that hides my precious treasure in the earth,
call to her there, she will reply from heaven,
though her mortal part is in a low, dark place.

Say to her I’m already tired of living,
of navigating through these foul waves:
but gathering up the scattered leaves,
step by step, like this, I follow her,

only I go speaking of her, living and dead,
yet alive, and made immortal now,
so that the world can know of her, and love her.

Let it please her to watch for my passing,
that is near now: let us meet together, and her
draw me, and call me, to what she is in heaven.

Translation by Anthony S. Kline ©