Stringeami Galatea (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2023-04-10)  CPDL #73431:         
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-04-10).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 105 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Stringeami Galatea
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1585 in Il terzo libro de madrigali a sei voci, no. 3

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Stringeami Galatea
fra le sue nude braccia,
com'edra suol che'l caro tronco allaccia.
E col nettar de baci
e rapidi e tenaci
tal gioia mi porgea
ch'ebbro dalla dolcezza,
ebb'in quel punto di morir vaghezza.

Ella che se n'accorse i dolci rai
chiuse pietosa in languidetti giri,
poi disse a me: Cor mio, lascia ch'omai
l'anima tua nella mia bocca spiri.

English.png English translation

Galatea held me tight
in her bare arms,
like ivy around a beloved trunk entwined.
And with the nectar of her kisses,
swift and repeated,
she gave me such joy
that drunk from the sweetness,
I longed to die at that moment.

She, noticing this, closed her sweet eyes
compassionately with languid blinks,
then said to me: My heart, let your soul
now breathe into my mouth.

Translation by Allen Garvin