Morir non puo'l mio core (Luzzasco Luzzaschi)

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  • (Posted 2023-05-12)  CPDL #73764:        (LilyPond)
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General Information

Title: Morir non puo'l mio core
Composer: Luzzasco Luzzaschi

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1582 in Terzo Libro de Madrigali a 5 voci, no. 7

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Morir non puo'l mio core,
E ucciderlo vorrei poi che vi piace,
Ma trar non si puo fuore,
Dal petto vostro ove gran tempo giace,
Et uccidendol' io come desio,
So che morreste voi morend' anch' io.

English.png English translation

My heart cannot die:
and yet, to please you, I want it to.
But it can’t be ripped from your breast
where it has lived so long,
and if I were to end it—as I want to—
I know my death would be your death too.

Translation by Nicholas Jones