Ma di che debbo lamentarmi (Giaches de Wert)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-14)  CPDL #34307:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-14).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available at IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Ma di che debbo lamentarmi
Composer: Giaches de Wert
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto from Orlando furioso, canto XXXII ottava 21

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1561 in Il primo libro de madrigali a quattro voci, no. 18

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ma di che debbo lamentarmi, ahi lassa
fuor che del mio desire irrazionale?
ch'alto mi leva, e si ne l'aria passa,
ch'arriva in parte ove s'abbrucia l'ale;
poi non potendo sostener, mi lassa
dal ciel cader: ne qui finisce il male;
che le rimette, e di nuovo arde: ond'io
non ho mai fine al precipizio mio.

English.png English translation

But, woe is me, alas! and, what can I
Save my irrational desire lament?
Which makes me soar a pitch so passing high,
I reach a region, where my plumes are brent;
Then, unsustained, fall headlong from the sky;
Nor ends my woe; on other flight intent,
Again I imp my wings, again I soar;
To flame and fall, tormented evermore.

Translation by William Stewart Rose