Se taccio, il duol s'avanza (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: Se taccio, il duol s’avanza
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo
Lyricist: Torquato Tasso

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro secondo, no. 9

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se taccio, il duol s’avanza,
se parlo, accresce l’ira,
donna bella e crudel che mi martira.
Ma pur prendo speranza,
che l’umiltà vi pieghi,
chè nel silenzio ancor son voci e prieghi.

English.png English translation

If I am silent, the grief advances
If I speak, I increase the anger
of my beautiful and cruel lady who torments me.
And yet I take hope
that you will yield to my humility
that in my silence even are my voice and prayers.

Alternate version:
If I am silent, the woe cometh,
if I speak, the anger increases,
a beautiful woman and cruel torments me.
But while I take hope,
that humility will bend,
In silence even are voices and prayers.