Mentre la notte al suo bel manto il lembo (Luzzasco Luzzaschi)

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  • (Posted 2022-11-10)  CPDL #71516:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2022-11-10).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Mentre la notte al suo bel manto il lembo
Composer: Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Lyricist: Orsina Cavaletta
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Il quarto libro de madrigali a 5 voci (Luzzasco Luzzaschi), no. 4

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Mentre la notte al suo bel manto il lembo
ingemmava di stelle,
un pastorel dicea
di lagrime versando un largo nembo:
Sante chiara del Ciel vive facelle,
voi siete assai men belle
degli occhi di colei
che qui sol bella parve a gli occhi miei.

English.png English translation

While the night adorned the hem of its beautiful cloak
with stars,
a shepherd spoke,
pouring out a storm of tears:
Blessed, shining lights of the living heavens,
you are much less beautiful
than the eyes of she
who alone appeared beautiful before my own eyes.

Translation by Allen Garvin