O sempre, e quando parti (Francesco Eredi)

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Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-05-02).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 330 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: O sempre, e quando parti
Composer: Francesco Eredi
Lyricist: Torquato Tasso
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1629 in L'Armida del Tasso, no. 18
Description: This madrigal is Part 9 of 10 madrigals, as can be seen in L'Armida del Tasso

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O sempre, e quando parti, e quando torni
Egualmente crudele, or chi ti guida?
Gran meraviglia che'1 morir distorni,
E di vita cagion sia l'omicida.
Tu di salvarmi cerchi? a quali scorni,
A quali pene è riservata Armida?
Conosco l'arti del fellone ignote;
Ma ben può nulla, chi morir non puote.

Gerusalemme liberata 20/131

English.png English translation

"Cruel at thy departure, at return
 As cruel, say, what chance thee hither guideth,
 Would'st thou prevent her death whose heart forlorn
 For thee, for thee death's strokes each hour divideth?
 Com'st thou to save my life? alas, what scorn,
 What torment for Armida poor abideth?
 No, no, thy crafts and sleights I well descry,
 But she can little do that cannot die.

Translated by Edward Fairfax (1560-1635)