Se ben l'empia (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2013-10-03)  CPDL #30233:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-10-03).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Se ben l'empia
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Le quatoirsiesme livre a 4 parties, no. 4
    2nd published: 1560 in Madrigali a 4 voci, libro primo, no. 19

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se ben l'empia mia sorte
fa che—contra mia voglia,
donna!—col corpo da voi lungi stia,
non potrà se non morte,
mentre havrò questa spoglia,
far ch'el mio cor con voi sempre non stia.
E, se licito fia, dopo sì crude tempre
v'amerà l'alm'e sarà con voi sempre.

English.png English translation

Even if my wretched fate
should—against my wishes,
woman!—keep my body away from yours,
then only death will be able,
as long as I am alive,
to stop my heart from being with you always.
And, if it be allowed, after such cruel hardships
my soul shall love you, and be with you always.

Translation by Campelli