Too much I once lamented (Thomas Tomkins)

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General Information

Title: Too much I once lamented
Composer: Thomas Tomkins

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: AATBB or SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1622 in Songs of 3-6 parts, no. 14

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Too much I once lamented,
while love my heart tormented,
fa la la la.
Alas, and ay me,
sat I wringing,
now chanting go, and singing,
fa la la la.

German.png German translation

Zu sehr jammerte ich einst,
Als die Liebe mein Herz quälte,
Falala, …
Ach, und weh mir, so saß ich beklommen,
Nun gehe hin, singe und spiele.
Falala, …

Translation by Peter Rottländer
Italian.png Italian translation

Troppo lamentai [le mie pene] quella volta
che l’amore mi tormentò il cuore.
Fa la la la …
Ahimè, povero me,
me ne stetti seduto torcendomi [dalla disperazione] –
e ora vai a [ballare e] cantare!
Fa la la la …

Translation by Timo Baucken