Non mi conosci tu (Giaches de Wert)

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  • (Posted 2023-02-13)  CPDL #72613:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-02-13).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Non mi conosci tu
Composer: Giaches de Wert
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1591 in Il decimo libro de madrigali a 5 voci, no. 20

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Non mi conosci tu? io ben conosco:
i tuoi detti buggiardi
e i tuoi fallaci sguardi.
Ardi pur, per amante a te simile
che doni a l'amor tuo l'empia mercede
che desti alla mia fede.
Qual amante lasciasti al fin vedrai
e spero che dirai hai:
non conobbi un amator fedele
foss'io stata più saggia e men crudele.

English.png English translation

Don't you recognize me? I know you well
your lying words
and your false glances.
Burn, therefore, for a lover like yourself
that gives instead your love wicked recompense
in reward for my fidelity.
In the end, you will see what kind of lover you left behind
and I hope you will say:
I did not understand [you were] a faithful lover,
had I only been wiser and less cruel.

Translation by Allen Garvin